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For a long time Ahmad ibn Qasim al-Hajari (Hornachos, ca. 1570) was between 1608 and 1633 secretary to the Moroccan sultans of the Sa’did dynasty.

The supporter of religion against the infidels

In Cairo 1637 he wrote a travelogue about his journeys through Europe, Egypt, and the Hidjaz, telling about his frequent religious discussions with Christians and Jews. Full of humour and enlivened with stories about his love for a French girl, his capacity to heal others by way of magic and his impressions of the of customs and habits of the Europeans, this report offers a unique insight into the experiences of a Spanish-Moroccan traveler in 17th-century Europe. General introduction, critical edition and annotated translation of the Arabic text, including the hitherto unknown original version found in a manuscript preserved in Al-Azhar and Spanish paraphrases made by the author when he arrived from Egypt in Tunis.

Kitâb Nâṣir al-Dîn cAlâ ‘l-Qawm al-Kâfirîn (“The supporter of religion against the infidels”): a Muslim traveller’s views about religion, science, culture and politics in 17th-century Europe

  • P.S. van Koningsveld; Q. Al-Samarrai; G. A. Wiegers
  • Madrid: Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, 2015
  • ISBN: 978-84-00-10010-0