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Turks, Moors, Deys and Kingdoms: North African Diversity in English Periodical News before 1700

Nathaniel Michael Trevor Cutter


This paper explores, using the case study of diversity, the usefulness of the English-language news press as a source on the history of early modern North Africa. While historians typically argue that most Britons knew very little about North Africa and its people, haphazardly employing “Turk” or “Moor” to stand in for all Muslims (and a great deal more), the periodical news press provides fascinating evidence for a robust and detailed understanding of North African ethnic, political and religious diversity that was made available to thousands of Britons, including those in a position to profoundly impact international relations.


turk; moor; news; newspaper; periodical; early modern; seventeenth century; christian-muslim relations; north africa; britain; barbary

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