Race, travel, time, heritage

  • Jeffrey Jerome Cohen
  • Karl Steel
Book Review Essay

Kathleen Davis and Nadia Altschul, eds. Medievalisms in the Postcolonial World: The Idea of the ‘Middle Ages’ Outside Europe. Baltimore, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009, 456pp., $72. ISBN: 978-0801893209

Shirin A. Khanmohamadi In Light of Another’s Word: European Ethnography in the Middle Ages. Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014. 216pp., $47.50. ISBN: 978-0812245622

Kim M. Phillips Before Orientalism: Asian Peoples and Cultures in European Travel Writing, 1245–1510. Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013. 328pp., $79.95. ISBN: 978-0812245486

David Nirenberg Neighboring Faiths: Christianity, Islam, and Judaism in the Middle Ages and Today. Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 2014. 326pp., $45. ISBN: 978-0226168937

The fantasy vision of a medieval Europe devoid of people of color isn’t realism. It’s a different word that starts with R- and ends in -ism.

Saladin Ahmed (@saladinahmed), Twitter, 8 November 2014


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jeffrey Jerome Cohen
    • 1
  • Karl Steel
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of EnglishGeorge Washington University
  2. 2.Department of EnglishBrooklyn College, CUNYBrooklyn

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