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De Bugbug à Alexandrie : une « étrange histoire » racontée par al-‘Ayyāšī (XVIIe siècle), dans Antonella Ghersetti, Francesca Bellino et Oriana Capezio (éds)

Abstract : On his third pilgrimage trip, in 1072 / 1661-1662, al-'Ayyāšī (1090/1679) made a stop at Bugbug, about 30 km east of Sollum. The sight of the wreckage of a ship reminds him of a "strange story" (ġarība) that occurred there, during his second voyage, in 1064 / 1653-1654. The caravan saw a "Christian" boat failed and was soon joined by a "Christian" on this boat. The latter, dressed as a Muslim and speaking Arabic, said he was from Ifrīqiyya and came on this boat "belonging to Muslims". The caravan welcomed him, offering him food and drink. Nobody thought he was a "Christian" until he arrived in Alexandria, where he joined "the ships of Christians". Considered from a narratological point of view, the story was reconstructed from the final vicissitude. Considered from a historical point of view, its asks more questions than it gives answers. Is he really a Christian pretending to be a Muslim? If so, why does he do it and who, if not a "renegade", could do it, that is to say, could linguistically and confessionally abuse a caravan of pilgrims? Or is he more simply the Muslim passenger of a Christian ship, but chartered by Muslims, owner and charterer of the boat with the common interest of trying to save the boat and its cargo, going to seek relief in Alexandria ? Whether the story is entirely true or entirely reconstructed, or partly true and partly reconstructed, it can be taken as an apologue on the unexpected meeting of two worlds destined not to meet and, beyond, a metaphor of somewhat complicated relationships. between "Islam" and "Christendom" in the Mediterranean of the time.
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Pierre Larcher. De Bugbug à Alexandrie : une « étrange histoire » racontée par al-‘Ayyāšī (XVIIe siècle), dans Antonella Ghersetti, Francesca Bellino et Oriana Capezio (éds). Quaderni di Studi Arabi, Istituto per l'Oriente C. A. Nallino, 2019, L’Arca di Noè. Studi in onore di Giovanni Canova, nuova serie 14, pp.461-477. ⟨halshs-02435531⟩

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