Scholarship and Criticism: The Letters of Reinhart Dozy to Pascual de Gayangos (1841–1852)

Manuela Marín

in Pascual de Gayangos

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780748635474
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653140 | DOI:
Scholarship and Criticism: The Letters of Reinhart Dozy to Pascual de Gayangos (1841–1852)

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Letters addressed to Pascual de Gayangos by his friends and colleagues from Spain and other countries are valuable documents for the history of orientalism and of many other scholarly pursuits during the nineteenth century. Some of these letters were written by the Dutch orientalist, Reinhart Dozy (1820–83), who was regarded as the most important scholar of his time in the field of ‘Muslim Spain’. The first letter of Dozy to Gayangos was written on July 27, 1841, when he was a young student of the University of Leiden professor, Hendrick E. Weijers. While the last letter he wrote was in 1852, when he was already a professor at the same university and established his reputation as a foremost Arabist and historian. His letters were testimonials to his scientific interests, the progress of his work, and his relationship with Gayangos. As for the letters of Gayangos to Dozy, only two have been preserved. This chapter presents the main subjects dealt with in Dozy's letters to Gayangos. It focuses on their exchange of scientific information and the establishment of an informal network of European orientalists, the search for manuscripts, and the progress and planning of research. The chapter ends by considering the personal relationship between Dozy and Gayangos, with particular attention on Dozy's criticisms of Gayangos's works.

Keywords: letters; orientalism; Reinhart Dozy; Muslim Spain; exchange; network of European; Dozy and Gayangos

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Subjects: Society and Culture

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