Niebuhr, Carsten
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Carsten Niebuhr (1733–1815) was a Danish orientalist. A fearless traveler, he journeyed extensively in the Muslim world. His famous account of his travels, Reisebeschreibung nach Arabien und Andern umliegenden Laendern (2 vols.) was published between 1774 and 1778 (abridged Eng. trans. Edinburgh, 1792); his Reisen durch Syrien und Palaestina was published in 1837.

Born in 1733, the son of a peasant farmer in Lüdingworth in the Electorate of Hanover,  Niebuhr had little formal education. He had, however, a keen interest in mathematics and survey…

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Tudor Parfitt, “Niebuhr, Carsten”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 25 March 2017
First published online: 2010



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