Tavernier | Voyage au Levant or Travels in Levant | A Review


Tavernier | Voyage au Levant’ or Travels in Levant | A Review

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Tavernier’s ‘Voyage au Levant’ or Travels in Levant-A Review

Jean-Baptiste Tavernier’s “Voyage au Levant” is a fascinating travel book that provides a detailed account of his travels through the Ottoman Empire, Persia, and India in the 17th century. The book is an invaluable resource for historians and scholars interested in the history, culture, and politics of the regions he visited, and for travelers who are interested in exploring these regions.

The book is divided into two volumes, and the first volume covers Tavernier’s travels through the Ottoman Empire, while the second volume covers his journeys through Persia and India. In each volume, Tavernier provides a wealth of information about the people, cultures, and landscapes he encountered on his travels. He describes in detail the architecture, art, and customs of the various cities he visited, as well as the political and economic conditions of the time.

One of the most interesting aspects of the book is Tavernier’s descriptions of the various bazaars and markets he visited. He provides vivid descriptions of the goods being sold, the bargaining process, and the customs and etiquette of these bustling marketplaces. His accounts of the trade routes, the merchants and the commercial practices of the regions he visited are also very detailed.

In addition, Tavernier provides valuable insights into the political and social conditions of the regions he visited. He describes the various rulers, their court rituals, and the social hierarchies of their societies. He also provides detailed accounts of the wars and conflicts that were taking place during his travels and the impact they had on the people and the land.

Tavernier’s account of his travels is also remarkable for his ability to convey a sense of wonder and fascination about the places he visited. He is clearly impressed by the beauty and grandeur of the architecture he encounters, and he provides detailed descriptions of the art, crafts, and cultural practices he observes.

In terms of language, Tavernier’s writing style is clear and engaging, making it easy for readers to follow along with his travels. However, it should be noted that the book is written in somewhat archaic French, which can be challenging for modern readers who are not familiar with the language.

Overall, “Voyage au Levant” is a valuable historical document that provides an important window into the social, cultural, and political conditions of the Ottoman Empire, Persia, and India in the 17th century. It is an excellent resource for anyone interested in the history and culture of these regions and a fascinating read for anyone interested in travel writing. 0 0 0.

Tavernier Voyage au Levant’ or Travels in Levant A Review

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