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Title: An Old Account of Turkey in 1481
Author(s): GASPAR, R.
Journal: Bibliotheca Orientalis
Volume: 57    Issue: 1-2   Date: januari-april 2000   
Pages: 16-39
DOI: 10.2143/BIOR.57.1.2015753

Abstract :
The travels, made by the Flemish knight Joos van Ghistele in the Near East and the Mediterranean regions during the period 1481-1485, after Van Ghistele's return described by Ambrosius Zeebout and known under the title Tvoyage van Mher Joos van Ghistele, already attracted the attention of orientalists in our century before and after World War II. According to the Encyclopédie de l'Islam “le voyageur van Ghistele donne, pour 1485, d'utiles renseignements sur la vie des chrétiens à Tunis”. B. van de Walle in Chronique d'Égypte XIV asserts: “Ce périple est l'un des plus importants qui aient été entrepris dans le Proche Orient au XVe siècle par un voyageur de nos contrées” and further on: “Cet itinéraire (...) est d'une lecture très attachante et contient bien des renseignements curieux sur l'histoire et la géographie ancienne des régions parcourus”. In 1976 R. Bauwens-Préaux published Voyage en Égypte de Joost van Ghistele, 1482-1483, a translation of the Egyptian part of this account in which, for instance, we read about the audience granted by Kait' bey to the Flemish traveller. We also must mention the essay by J. Bauwens and L. Verplancke in IBLA, Revue de l'Institut des Belles Lettres arabes à Tunis concerning the question whether or not Van Ghistele's report on Tunis is highly influenced by the itinerary of Anselme Adorno, a problem at first raised by R. Brunschvig.


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