The Paradigm of the Space in the Tunisian Cultural Production between the 19th and 20th Centuries

in La rivista di Arablit, a. XII, n. 24, dicembre 2022, pp. 81-112.

Between the 19th-20th centuries, Aḥmad Bāy, Bayram al-Ḫāmis, Nāṣir Bāy and Muḥammad Ibn al-Ḫūǧah, were among the first to travel from Tunisia to Europe. From Tunis, a destination for centuries-old migration, the travellers cross Italy, a land of transition, and France, whose capital is unanimously considered the pinnacle of modern progress. Their constant search in Europe for ʿumrān, that is civilization and urbanisation, makes the conception and the perception of urban space the protagonist of monumental works that fall into the category of travel literature (riḥlah). The concept of ʿumrān is central in the Muqaddimah by Ibn aldūn, considered here forerunner of the Geocriticism. The 19th and the 20th centuries works analysed in this paper highlight the various modes by which the encounter with the space of the “Other” takes place.

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