An Exeter Man in Algiers and Mecca: Joseph Pitts (1661 - 1739)

Event Type: Branch

Takes Place: 24th January 2019

Time: 4.15 p.m.

Venue: Exeter School, Victoria Park Road, Exeter, Devon EX2 4NS

Description: Joseph Pitts was born in Exeter around 1661 and was captured by Algerian pirates on his first voyage as a sailor in 1678. Taken to Algiers, he was sold as a slave, forced to covnert to Islam, and accompanied his third master on the pilgrimage to Mecca, by doing so becoming the first Englishman to visit the Muslim Holy Places. After further adventures, he finally escaped and returned to Exeter after a journey lasting a whole year, and wrote an account of his adventures.

How to book: No need to book

Price: Free to HA and Branch members

Organiser: Exeter Branch

Lecturer: Paul Auchterlonie, Honorary Researc Fellow, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter

Region: South-West England

Branch: Exeter

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