This video is a taping of the topic "Travel Narratives" from the seminar "Re-mapping the Renaissance: Exchange between Early Modern Islam and Europe," led by Dr. Ahmed Karimi-Hakkak of the University of Maryland.
“Re-mapping the Renaissance: Exchange between Early Modern Islam and Europe,” a three-week summer institute for college and university teachers, scheduled for June 13 through July 2, 2010, at the University of Maryland, will interrogate pervasive views of the European Renaissance of the fifteenth, sixteenth, and seventeenth centuries as a purely European rediscovery of Greco-Latin antiquity. Participants will consider much wider contact—traveling in both directions—between Renaissance Europe and the world of Islam. Furthermore, the seminar will demonstrate that the trade conducted by the Italian city-states was not exclusively an inheritance from the Roman Empire. Rather, it was also the legacy of the civilizations of the Mamluk and the Ottoman empires and their thriving systems of foreign trade. Those trading networks, in turn, became conduits for the export not only of products but also of ideas, scientific discoveries, and artistic exchange. This seminar will investigate that legacy.