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dc.contributor.advisorChalcraft, Johnen
dc.contributor.advisorHillenbrand, Caroleen
dc.contributor.advisorNewman, Andrewen
dc.contributor.advisorGorman, Anthonyen
dc.contributor.authorStarkey, Janet Catherine Murrayen
dc.date.accessioned2013-09-25T12:58:21Z
dc.date.available2013-09-25T12:58:21Z
dc.date.issued2013-07-04
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1842/7865
dc.description.abstractThis thesis revisits the liberal intellectual tradition of the Scottish Enlightenment by comparing two editions of The Natural History of Aleppo (1756: 1794) written and/or edited by Scottish physicians, half-brothers Alexander and Patrick Russell, in which they recorded their observations of Aleppo in northern Syria. There has been only one other monograph written about this text, entitled Aleppo observed by Maurits van den Boogert and published in 2010. As yet no comparative study of the two editions seems to have been made. As a result, this thesis should revitalize interest in The Natural History of Aleppo (1756 and 1794) across academic fields including Levantine and Ottoman studies, subject-specific disciplines and in the Scottish context. This thesis is divided into four parts. In the first part Chapter 1 provides a literature review and outlines the structure of this thesis. Chapter 2 is a synopsis of the authors’ life histories as background for subsequent discussion. In Part II, the popularity of the two editions (1756 and 1794) is assessed (Chapter 3). This assessment is followed by an appraisal of literary aspects of the two editions of an eighteenth-century text (Chapter 4). To assess the quality, originality and relative significance of Aleppo further, selected topics covered variously in the two editions are explored in Part III (Chapter 5 on medicine, Chapter 6 on flora and fauna, and Chapter 7 on aspects of the exotic). The final Part IV provides a range of conclusions to revitalize eighteenth-century texts and suggests topics for further research.en
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherThe University of Edinburghen
dc.relation.hasversionStarkey, Janet, ‘Introduction’, in Janet Starkey (ed.), History and Anthropology: Special issue, Mapping, travel and gendered spaces in the Middle East. Essays in Honour of Edward Said 13/4 (2002).en
dc.relation.hasversionStarkey, Janet, ‘No myopic mirage: Alexander and Patrick Russell in Aleppo’, in Starkey (ed.), History and Anthropology (2002), 253–6.en
dc.relation.hasversionStarkey, Janet, ‘Mercantile gentlemen and inquisitive travellers: constructing the Natural History of Aleppo’, in Charles Foster (ed.), Travellers in the Levant (London: Stacey International, 2003; new edition 2005), 29–71. Revised version: www.levantineheritage.com/pdf/Aleppost.pdf.en
dc.relation.hasversionStarkey, Janet, ‘Shipwrecks, coffee and canals: the landscapes of Suez ‘, in Janet Starkey, Paul Starkey & Tony Wilkinson (eds), Natural Resources and Cultural Connections of the Red Sea. Red Sea Project III, British Museum, London (Oxford: Archaeopress, 2007), 173–82.en
dc.relation.hasversionStarkey, Janet, ‘“The Contagion followed, and vanquish’d them”: plague, travellers and lazarettos ’, in Diane Fortenberry and Deborah Manley (eds), Saddling the Dogs: Journeys Through Egypt and the Near East (Oxford: Oxbow, 2007), 113–28.en
dc.relation.hasversionStarkey, Janet, ‘Cosmopolitan cities and cultural integration? Alexander Russell on eighteenth-century Aleppo’, Chronos: Revue d’Histoire de l’Université de Balamand 15 (2007), 131–50.en
dc.relation.hasversionStarkey, Janet, ‘Death, paradise and the Arabian Nights’, Mortality 14/3 (August 2009), 286–302.en
dc.relation.hasversionStarkey, Janet, ‘James Rennell and his scientific world of observation’, in Katherine Salahi (ed.), Knowledge is Light. Travellers in the Near East (Oxford: Oxbow Books, 2011), 38–57.en
dc.relation.hasversionStarkey, Janet, ‘The continuity of social space: the Khan al-Jumruk within the bazaars of Aleppo’, chapter 4 in Mohammad Gharipour (ed.), The Bazaar and the City: Design, Culture, and History (Cairo: American University in Cairo, with London: Oxford University Press 2012).en
dc.relation.hasversionStarkey, Janet and Paul Starkey (eds), Interpreting the Orient (Reading: Ithaca, 2001).en
dc.subjectAllepoen
dc.subjectScottish Enlightenmenten
dc.subjectmedicineen
dc.subjectnatural historyen
dc.subjectArabicen
dc.titleExamining editions of The natural history of Aleppo : revitalizing eighteenth-century textsen
dc.typeThesis or Dissertationen
dc.relation.referencesThe Natural History of Aleppo, by Alexander and Patrick Russell, (1756: 1794).en
dc.type.qualificationlevelDoctoralen
dc.type.qualificationnamePhD Doctor of Philosophyen


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