chapter  2
An eastern scholar’s engagement with the European study of the east
Amin al-Madani and the Sixth Oriental Congress, Leiden, 1883
ByKathryn A. Schwartz
Pages 22

In the summer of 1883, one year after the British occupation of Ottoman Egypt began, Amin ibn Hasan al-Halawani al-Madani (d. 1898) traveled from Cairo to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. He was a man of many cities, vocations, and learned interests who decided to go to Amsterdam to sell his collection of 664 manuscripts there at the Universal Exposition.