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Mediterranean Piracy in the Early Modern Period: Through North African Eyes

Thursday, November 17, 2011
12:00 AM
2255 North Quad, 105 South State Street

Speaker: Nabil Matar (University of Minnesota) This lecture is a part of the Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies Fall 2011 Colloquium Series: "Pirates of the Mediterranean".

The paper examines the North African view of European piracy in the early modern Mediterranean. While historians have focused on the depredations committed by the ‘Barbary Corsairs,’ they have paid little attention to British and French destablization of the region by acts of colonization, bombardment, and enslavement, what Molly Greene has called “the northern invasion.” By using both Europeand and Arabic sources, this paper presents the perspective on piracy by jurists and captives, monarchs and sea captains from regions stretching from Morocco to Libya.