Shibli’s Travelogue of Ottoman Lands: How the Journey was Conceived and Progressed

//Shibli’s Travelogue of Ottoman Lands: How the Journey was Conceived and Progressed

Shibli’s Travelogue of Ottoman Lands: How the Journey was Conceived and Progressed

The audio/video clips published here are from the chapter: Safar ka Iradah aur Aghaz detailing how the idea to undertake the journey to Ottoman lands crystallized in Shibli’s mind and his experiences on sea and at the ports where the ship anchored during the journey to Constantinople (Istanbul) from Bombay in 1892.

This episode is the first of many parts dealing with the chapter detailing how the idea to undertake the journey to Ottoman lands crystallized in Shibli’s mind and his initial experiences on sea, in the company of Professor Arnold.

In part two, Allama Shibli shares some more interesting events that transpired onboard the steamer. He tells us how he worked-around the Hanafi ruling concerning the slaughter of birds and fowl on the ship. He also shares his disgust at the behaviour of certain people in the Aden Port in seeking alms. He also mentions about the changes that have occurred to the Arabic language in Aden due to the interaction with people from India and other places who lived in Aden as businessmen or workers. From Aden, he proceeds to Suez and from there to Port Said at which place he bids farewell to Professor Arnold who was headed elsewhere.

In this episode, Shibli tells us about the harassment by the coolies when the ship docked in Port Said, and suggests how to avoid being troubled by their constant nagging. He went around Port Said and notes the contrast between the areas inhabited by European traders and the local populace. From Port Said, his journey now takes him to Beirut. Allama Shibli recounts his brief sojourn in the port city, speaking highly of the citizens’ sense of dress and demeanour. He, however, regrets the relative backwardness of the Muslim population in business and trade. On board the ship from Beirut to Istanbul, he encounters, for the first time in his journey, Muslim passengers. But, these Muslims initially cold-shouldered him. Find out why and what happened later.

2021-09-05T14:32:11+05:30 September 5th, 2021|Uncategorized|

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