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 Adskillige store Heltes og berømmelige Mænds, sær Orientalske og Indianske sammenlignede Historier og Bedrifter

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Author(s): Bæk Simonsen, Jørgen
‘Comparison of the history and achievements of several great heroes and praiseworthy men, particularly Orientals and Indians' Ludvig Holberg Date: 1739 Original Language: Danish DescriptionHolberg comments on Islam, Muslims and Muḥammad in many of his books. In his two-volume book published in 1739,  Adskillige store Heltes og berømmelige Mænds, sær Orientalske og Indianske sammenlignede Historier og Bedrifter efter Plutarchi Maade (‘Comparison of the history and achievements of several great heroes and praiseworthy men, particularly Orientals and India…

Danish captivity narratives

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Author(s): Bæk Simonsen, Jørgen
Date of Birth: Place of Birth: Date of Death: Place of Death: Biography Primary Sources of Information Secondary Sources of Information Works on Christian-Muslim RelationsDanish captivity narrativesJørgen Bæk Simonsen

 Danish captivity narratives

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Author(s): Bæk Simonsen, Jørgen
- Danish captivity narratives Date: - Original Language: Add Language DescriptionDenmark had extensive trade with North Africa and the rest of the Middle East through the 17th and 18th centuries, and a number of seamen were taken captive by corsairs from the Sultanate of Morocco or from the semi-autonomous Ottoman provinces of Algiers, Tunis and Tripoli. We have no reliable knowledge of the total number of European captives and recent research gives very different estimates, from one million (Davis, Christian slaves, p. 8) to 180,000 (Panzac, La marine ottoman, p. 95). The exact nu…

Ludvig Holberg

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Author(s): Bæk Simonsen, Jørgen
Date of Birth: 3 December 1684 Place of Birth: Bergen Date of Death: 28 January 1754 Place of Death: Copenhagen BiographyLudvig Holberg was born in 1684 in Bergen, Norway (then under Danish rule). He received his primary education there, and went on to study philosophy and theology at the University of Copenhagen, graduating in 1702. In 1704, he went to Amsterdam to continue his studies and then to Oxford in 1706, where he spent time at the Bodleian Library reading books not available in Denmark. He returned to Copenhagen with the manuscript of a work entitled Introduktion til de fornemste…

 Efterretninger om Marokos og Fes, samlede der i Landene fra 1760 til 1768

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Author(s): Bæk Simonsen, Jørgen
‘Information about Morocco and Fes collected in the countries from 1760 to 1768’ Georg Hjersing Høst Date: 1779 Original Language: Danish DescriptionWhen Høst returned to Denmark from the Virgin Islands in 1776, he began preparations for his first book on Morocco  Efterretninger om Marókos og Fes, samlede der i landene fra 1760 til 1768 ('Information about Morocco and Fes collected in the countries from 1760 to 1768'). It was published in Copenhagen in 1779 . In the preface, he explains that, during his stay in Morocco, he often wrote down his daily experiences in ord…

Georg Hjersing Høst

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Author(s): Bæk Simonsen, Jørgen
Date of Birth: 1734 Place of Birth: Vitten Date of Death: 1794 Place of Death: Copenhagen BiographyGeorg Hjersing Høst was born in Vitten, a small town 30 km north-west of Århus in Denmark, in 1734. He finished high school in 1752 and was admitted to the University of Copenhagen, where he graduated with a degree in theology in 1755. He also studied Arabic, and in 1760 he was employed by Dansk-Afrikansk Kompagni (the Danish-African Company), which had been established by a group of private investors in 1749 to e…

 Den marokkanske Kejser Mohamed ben Abdallahs historie

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Author(s): Bæk Simonsen, Jørgen
‘The history of the Moroccan Emperor’ Georg Hjersing Høst Date: 1791 Original Language: Danish DescriptionIn 1791, Høst published Den marokkanske Kejser Mohamed ben Abdallahs historie, based on his personal impression of the sultan acquired through his work as vice-consul in the Moroccan sultanate. He describes the relationship between the sultan and himself as a professional one based on mutual sympathy, although the book records a number of instances in which relations between the two were less sympathetic because of…