A Traveller in Thirteenth-Century Arabia / Ibn al-Mujawir's by Ibn al-Mujawir,G. Rex Smith

By Ibn al-Mujawir,G. Rex Smith

this is often the 1st English translation of the Tarikh al-Mustabsir, written within the early area of the 13th century via Ibn al-Mujawir. The textual content is an interesting account of the western and southern components of the Arabian Peninsula via a guy from the east of the Islamic international, most likely from Khurasan in Iran. Ibn al-Mujawir used to be a guy who probably the age-old Islamic perform of constructing the pilgrimage to Mecca and thereafter traveling within the region to additional his company pursuits. His path all started in Mecca and primarily ran south during the crimson Sea coastal undeniable, Tihamah, down into the Yemen and alongside the southern coast of the peninsula. He paused lengthy in Aden, the place he saw heavily the actions of the port to record at a few size on its management, its taxes, its markets, its forex, its weights and measures, and so forth. His direction then persevered alongside the southern coast of Arabia into the Gulf, and he possibly again domestic to the east through Iraq. the writer is a superb observer of individuals: their constructions, their gown, their customs, their agriculture, their nutrition and their background. This ebook is a special resource for the social and fiscal historical past of thirteenth-century south Arabia, written with a humour and wit in a different way unknown within the writings of medieval Islam. The textual content is of significant linguistic value too, written because it is in a much from classical Arabic. This translation is totally annotated with an creation, appendices, thesaurus and whole index, and includes maps and illustrations.

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