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Ulrich Jasper Seetzen (January 30, 1767 – September 1811) was a Germanmarker explorer of Arabia and Palestine from Jevermarker, German Frisia.

His father sent him to the university of Göttingenmarker, where he graduated in medicine. His chief interests, however, were in natural history and technology; he wrote papers on both these subjects which gained him some reputation, and had both in view in making a series of journeys through the Netherlands and Germanymarker. He also engaged in various small manufactures, and in 1802 obtained a government post in Jever, however, the interest which he had long felt in geographical exploration culminated in a resolution to travel.

In the summer of 1802 he started down the Danube with a companion Jacobsen, who broke down at Smyrnamarker a year later. His journey was by Constantinople, where he stayed six months, thence through Asia Minor to Smyrna, then again through the heart of Asia Minormarker to Aleppomarker, where he remained from November 1803 to April 1805, and made himself sufficiently at home with Arabic speech and ways to travel as a native. Now began the part of his travels of which a full journal has been published (April 1808 to March 1809), a series of most instructive journeys in eastern and western Palestine and the wilderness of Sinaimarker, and so on to Cairomarker and the Fayummarker.

His chief exploit was a tour round the Dead Seamarker, which he made without a companion and in the disguise of a beggar. From Egypt he went by sea to Jiddamarker and reached Meccamarker as a pilgrim in October 1809.After his pilgrim he converted Islam and he changed his name to Hag Moses. In Arabia he made extensive journeys, ranging from Medinamarker to Lahak and returning to Mochamarker, from which place his last letters to Europe were written in November 1810.

For the parts of Seetzen's journeys not covered by the published journal (Reisen, ed. Kruse, 4 vols, Berlin, 1854), the only printed records are a series of letters and papers in Zach's Monatliche Correspondenz and Hammer's Fundgruben. Many papers and collections were lost through his death or never reached Europe. The collections that were saved form the Oriental museum and the chief part of the Oriental manuscripts of the ducal library in Gothamarker.



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