July 19, 2018

The oriental geography of Ebn Haukal, an Arabian traveller of the tenth century (1800)

The oriental geography of Ebn Haukal, an Arabian traveller of the tenth century. Translated from a manuscript in his own possession, collated with one preserved in the library of Eton College, by Sir William Ouseley. London: Printed at the Oriental Press by Wilson & Co. for T. Cadell, Jun. and W. Davies, 1800, XXXVI+327 p.

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    This is book (is called Ṣūrat al–’Arḍ (Arabic: صورة الارض; English: The face of the Earth); written in 977) a famous work of Muḥammad Abū’l–Qāsim Ibn Ḥawqal (Arabic: محمد أبو القاسم بن حوقل‎; Arab Muslim writer, geographer, and chronicler; died after 368/978). What little is known of his life is extrapolated from his book, which was a revision and extension of the Masālik ul–Mamālik of Istakhri (951). That itself was a revised edition of the Ṣuwar al–aqālīm of Ahmed ibn Sahl al–Balkhi, who wrote about 921.

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