Orientens møde med Europa

Nanna Blak Pedersen, Christine Buchholtz & Munch Rasmus

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


The theme of the project is the cultural encounter between a Persian shah and the European way of life in the 19th century. This field of investigation is chosen because it offers a different view of the 19th century imperial and colonizing Europe, which is often seen to have been dominating the categorization of different cultures. When seen through the eyes of the Persian shah, Nāṣer al-Dīn, the interpretation of Europe is different than the typically Eurocentric image. The theory “world-as-exhibition” of the historian Timothy Mitchell is used to describe the more general experiences of travelers from the Orient. His empirical work is founded in Egyptian travel literature, and because of the European construction of “The Orient” that rarely differs from the many countries it represents, our goal is to test Mitchells theory through the diary of the shah. This comparison of Egypt and Persia, Egyptians and Persians, will help refine the distinctions made in his theory. The project concludes that there are many aspects which had consequences for how people from the Orient experienced the culture of Europe, and that it is difficult to create a theory that covers the whole area, that is perceived as the Orient.

UddannelserHistorie, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato14 jun. 2011
VejledereMichael Harbsmeier


  • rejseberetninger
  • Mitchell
  • world as exhibition
  • verdensudstilling
  • nasser al-din shah
  • Orienten