© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2011 DOI: 10.1163/187783711X562112 Oriens 39 (2011) 17-57 brill.nl/orie The Journey of Stephan Schultz, Protestant Missionary from Halle, in the Ottoman Empire 1752-1756 Jan Schmidt (Leiden University) Abstract The following article acquaints the reader with a travelogue composed by the 18th-century mis- sionary Stephan Schultz from Halle in as far as it covers the years 1752 to 1756 when the author travelled in the Ottoman Empire. The work, written in German, is little known but is excep- tional in early modern travel literature because the author knew most languages spoken in the area and was therefore able to speak with the locals. Another reason is that the author largely refrains, as it was customary, from quoting earlier works in the genre, and could therefore be considered original. The article presents and comments on some of the more interesting passages from the work which deal with, among other things, travel, contact with Ottomans and Europe- ans, Istanbul and the Palace, indigenous dress, and the world of Ottoman letters, Keywords Travel literature, Autobiography, Ottoman Empire, Pietism, Protestant mission, Cross-cultural contact, 18th Century 1. Introduction While cataloguing the Turkish manuscripts kept in the Leiden University Library during
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Published: Jan 1, 2011
Keywords: Protestant mission; Pietism; Travel literature; Cross-cultural contact; Ottoman Empire; 18th Century; Autobiography
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