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Mr. D'Arcy's Persians: The Adventures of Six Muslim Students in Jane Austen's England

Monday, May 8, 2017 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

In 1815, the first group of Muslims ever to study in Europe arrived in London. Over the four years that followed, they charmed their way into ballrooms, colleges and churches from Bath to Oxford. At the same time that Jane Austen was writing Persuasion, one of the students kept a Persian diary that detailed the students’ adventures under the baleful eye of their chaperone, Captain D'Arcy. Forgotten for two hundred years, the diary brings to light an altogether different England to that of Austen’s novels. This lecture is based on The Love of Strangers, a New York Times Editors’ Choice.

Dr. Green is a historian of the multiple globalizations of Islam and Muslims. After beginning his career as a historian of India and Pakistan, he has traced Muslim networks that connect Afghanistan, Iran, the Indian Ocean, Africa, Japan, Europe and America.

Reviews of his books have appeared in The New York Times (as Editors' Choice), The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Times Literary Supplement, The Literary Review, Prospect, Time Out, as well as major newspapers across the English-speaking world from the Toronto Star to the Sydney Morning Herald (as Pick of the Week), in addition to South Asia and the Middle East.

His writings span the domains of global, social, religious, cultural and literary history. His most recent book, The Love of Strangers, reconstructs the beginning of modern Muslim-European exchange by following the first Middle Eastern students to study in Europe.

Milam Auditorium (campus map)
Natalia Bueno