By Jerrold Seigel
Richard Burton. T. E. Lawrence. Louis Massignon. Chinua Achebe. Orhan Pamuk. The extraordinary quintet whose tales make up Jerrold Seigel's Between Cultures are each person who, with no ever trying to go out from the methods of lifestyles into which that they had been born, committed themselves to exploring a moment cultural identification as an intrinsic a part of their first. Richard Burton, the British tourist and author, sought to adventure the internal lifetime of Islam via making the pilgrimage to Mecca within the guise of a Muslim in 1853. T. E. Lawrence, famously referred to as Lawrence of Arabia, acknowledged his tortuous ties to the Arab rebellion opposed to Turkish rule in his celebrated Seven Pillars of Wisdom. Louis Massignon was once an excellent, deeply introspective, and profoundly bothered French Catholic pupil of Islam. Chinua Achebe, the distinguished pioneer of contemporary African literature, lived and wrote from the intersection of Western tradition and conventional African lifestyles. Orhan Pamuk, Nobel Prize-winning novelist, explored the allure and repulsion among East and West in his local Turkey.
Seigel considers those 5 participants not just for the intrinsic curiosity in their tales but in addition for the intensity and breadth in their writing at the demanding situations of making an intercultural id, permitting him to investigate their stories through old, mental, and important techniques. attention-grabbing in and of themselves, those lives among cultures additionally spotlight the realities confronted by way of many during this age of excessive mobility and ever-greater international connection and lift questions about what it ability for humans to belong to cultures.
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Between Cultures: Europe and Its Others in Five Exemplary Lives (Intellectual History of the Modern Age) by Jerrold Seigel