Workshop: Travelling Practices and the Emergence of Tourism in the Middle East (16th - 20th Centuries)

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Dear Colleagues,

I would like to inform you about the upcoming workshop “Travelling Practices and the Emergence of Tourism in the Middle East (16th - 20th Centuries)”, co-organized by the Department of Near Eastern Studies, University of Vienna and the Institute of Iranian Studies, Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW) on September 27-30, 2021.

The workshop will take place online and a limited audience will be allowed.

To register for the event, please send an email including your name and affiliation to Onur İnal at onur.inal[at]

Workshop website:

Workshop Program:


Monday, 27 September 2021


16:45-17:00 (CET) Welcome and Introduction


Florian Schwarz (Institute of Iranian Studies, ÖAW)

Christine Nölle Karimi (Institute of Iranian Studies, ÖAW)

Onur İnal (University of Vienna)

Yavuz Köse (University of Vienna)


17:00 – 19:00 (CET)

Panel I: Logistics and forms of organisation


Tilmann Walter (University of Würzburg)

Foreigners, Disguises and Passports: The German Physician Leonhard Rauwolf (1535?-1596) Travels the Middle East


Elvan Cobb (Hong Kong Baptist University)

Touring Western Anatolia and Southern Mesopotamia in the Age of Steam


Peyman Eshaghi (Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies)

Pious Guides to Travel to Mecca: Rereading Two Treatises on the Logistics of Travel to Mecca in Qajar Iran


César Jacquier (University of Neuchâtel)

Hitting the Road: Travel Writing and Tourism Practices in Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon, 1929-1939


Yahya Nurgat (University of Cambridge)

Between the Sacred and the Mundane: Travelling Practices of Ottoman Hajj Pilgrims c.1650-1750




Tuesday, 28 September 2021

17:00 – 19:00 (CET)


Panel II: Description, performance and valuation


Shervin Farridnejad (Free University Berlin / Austrian Academy of Sciences)

Zoroastrian Priests at the Court of Karīm Khan Zand: An 18th Century Parsi Travelogue from Surat to Yazd


Güllü Yıldız (Marmara University)

Ḥajjī or Sayyāḥ: Persian Pilgrims Between Piety and Pleasure of the Road


Christine Nölle-Karimi (Institute of Iranian Studies, ÖAW)

Pilgrimage All Inclusive: From Kabul to Mecca and the Shiite Shrines on the Eve of the First World War.


Murat Yolun (Adıyaman University)

The Military Travellers of the Middle East: The Travelling Practices of the Ottoman Officers and Men during the First World War


Nadya Sbaiti (American University of Beirut)

In Guide We Trust: Leisure, “Summering”, and Tourism in the Making of Lebanon




Wednesday, 29 September 2021

17:00 – 19:00 (CET)


Panel III: Interaction with local residents


G. Carole Woodall (University of Colorado at Colorado Springs)

The Making of a British Hotelier in 19th century Istanbul


Thomas Ecker (University of Bamberg)

Royal Travel to Mecca – The Pilgrimages of Farhād Mīrzā and Husām as-Salṭana


Ufuk Adak (Altınbaş University)

British Travelers in Izmir (Smyrna) in the Nineteenth-Century Ottoman Empire




Thursday, 30 September 2021

17:00 – 19:00 (CET)


Panel IV: Intertextuality and genre


Alptuğ Güney / Yavuz Köse (University of Vienna)

“Strolling Through Istanbul”: Early Modern Guides to the City


Andrea E. Duffy (Colorado State University)

Orientalism and the Interpretation of Seventeenth-Century French Travelogues of the Ottoman Empire


Björn Bentlage (Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg)

Travel Writing as Practice in the Ottoman Mashreq


Ömer Koçyiğit (Leiden University)

Between the Travelogue and Chronicle: The Extraordinary Work of an Ottoman Horseman Soldier


Sally Abed (University of Alexandria)

Between East and West: Ahmad Hassanein's The Lost Oases

19:0020:00 (CET)
Final Discussion and Conclusion