|Burton in Persian disguise as |
"Mirza Abdullah the Bushri"
He was able to pass for Muslim because of his depth of knowledge of the Islamic cultures and languages. This led to one of his great literary works, a translation of the Arabian Nights in 1885. Three years later the great Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov composed this.
Even in the late nineteenth century - when areas labeled "Terra Incognito" were evaporating from the maps - the educated world was a small place.