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Muslims in IrelandPast and Present$
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Oliver Scharbrodt, Tuula Sakaranaho, Adil Hussain Khan, Yafa Shanneik, and Vivian Ibrahim

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780748696888

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748696888.001.0001

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Sailors, Merchants and Migrants

Sailors, Merchants and Migrants

From the Sack of Baltimore to World War II

(p.27) Chapter 1 Sailors, Merchants and Migrants
Muslims in Ireland

Vivian Ibrahim

Edinburgh University Press

The chapter examines the presence of Muslims in Ireland before World War II, placing it in the context of British colonial history of the 19th and early 20th centuries. This presence was constituted among others of merchants, sailors, wives of army officers or teachers of colonial officers at Irish universities. A communal presence as such did not emerge in this period. The chapter starts with the impact of the Sack of Baltimore of 1631, when North African corsairs sacked a small fishing in the West of Ireland, on Irish imaginations of Islam and Muslims in the 19th century. Irish encounters with the Muslim world and with Muslims living in Ireland at that time are placed in the context of British imperialism and the various Orientalist narratives underpinning it. As an illustrative example of this complex interaction, the chapter discusses the life and career of Mir Aulad Ali, a native of North India who was Professor of Oriental languages at Trinity College Dublin in the latter half of the 19th century.

Keywords:   Sack of Baltimore, Orientalism, British Empire, Mir Aulad Ali, James Joyce

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