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The Barber of Damascus - a book by Sajdi, Dana

The Barber of Damascus

Nouveau Literacy in the Eighteenth-Century Ottoman Levant

The Barber of Damascus( )
Author: Sajdi, Dana
Publication Date:Oct 2013
Publisher:Stanford University Press
Book Format:Hardback
List Price:USD $60.00
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This book is about a barber, Shihab al-Din Ahmad Ibn Budayr, who shaved and coiffed, and probably circumcised and healed, in Damascus in the 18th century. The barber may have been a "nobody," but he wrote a history book, a record of the events that took place in his city during his lifetime. Dana Sajdi investigates the significance of this book, and in examining the life and work of Ibn Budayr, uncovers the emergence of a larger trend of history writing by unusual authors--people...
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