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Sooner than the Enlightenment, and ahead of the imperialism of the later eighteenth century, how did ecu readers learn about the numerous cultures of Asia? Orientalism in Louis XIV's France offers a historical past of Oriental stories in seventeenth-century France, revealing the prominence in the highbrow tradition of the interval that used to be given to experiences of Arabic, Persian, Turkish, and chinese language texts, in addition to writings on Mughal India. The Orientalist writers studied right here produced books that will develop into resources used in the course of the eighteenth century. Nicholas Dew areas those students of their personal context as participants of the "republic of letters" within the age of the medical revolution and the early Enlightenment.

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On Arabic, see G. J. Toomer, Eastern Wisedome and Learning: The Study of Arabic in Seventeenth-Century England (Oxford, 1996), 14–52; the standard history is J. W. Fück, Die Arabischen Studien in Europa bis in den Anfang des 20. Jahrhunderts (Leipzig, 1955). For France in the sixteenth century, J. Balagna, Arabe et humanisme dans la France des derniers Valois (Paris, 1989). For Turkish and Persian see F. Richard, ‘Aux origines de la connaissance de la langue persane en France’, Luqman, 3 (1986–7), 23–42; S.

In many cases, the articles read as if the aim was to prove that the person in question did in fact know Hebrew, as if this was in doubt. Clearly, for Colomiès, ‘Oriental’ learning meant primarily Hebrew, and the philological study of the Bible. ⁷⁶ Gallia Orientalis was dedicated to the celebrated Huguenot scholar of Caen, Samuel Bochart, known for his biblical erudition and Oriental philology. Despite the strong association of Gallia Orientalis with Protestantism, however, the catalogue listed Huguenots and Catholics alike.

Brunschvicg, et al. (Paris, 1904–14), vol. 9, 369: ‘une des choses sur lesquelles feu M. Pascal avoit plus de vues étoit l’instruction d’un prince . . ] A. Floquet, Bossuet précepteur du Dauphin fils de Louis XIV et évêque à la cour (1670–1682) (Paris, 1864); on Huet, see A. Shelford, Transforming the Republic of Letters: Pierre-Daniel Huet and European Intellectual Life, 1650–1720 (Rochester, NY, 2007). ³⁶ See A. Grafton, ‘Humanism and political theory’, in The Cambridge History of Political Thought, 1450–1700, ed.

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