Two Arabic Travel Books: Accounts of China and India and Mission to the Volga

Two Arabic Travel Books: Accounts of China and India and Mission to the Volga

by Abu Zayd al-Sirafi


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ISBN-13: 9781479803507
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 12/08/2014
Series: Library of Arabic Literature Series
Pages: 328
Sales rank: 1,216,154
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Abu Zayd al-Sirafi was a seafarer who moved from the Persian port-city of Siraf to Basra in 303 H/915-916 AD. He wrote the second half of Accounts of China and India, supplementing an earlier section written by an unknown mariner and merchant fifty years earlier.

James E. Montgomery, author of Al-Jahiz: In Praise of Books , is Sir Thomas Adams’s Professor of Arabic at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of Trinity Hall.

Ahmad Ibn Fadlan was a member of a diplomatic mission sent by the Abbasid caliph al-Muqtadir in 309-310 H/921-922 AD to the king of the Volga Bulghars. His is the only existing record of that mission.

Tim Mackintosh-Smith is a noted British travel author, best known for his trilogy on the renowned Moroccan world-traveler Ibn Battutah, which earned him a spot among Newsweek’s top twelve travel writers of the past hundred years. Since 1982, he has lived in Sanaa, Yemen.

Table of Contents

Letter from the General Editor iii
Foreword ix
Accounts of China and India
Acknowledgements 3
Introduction 4
A Note on the Text 15
Notes to the Introduction 18
Map: The Lands and Seas of Abu Zayd’s Accounts 20
Accounts of China and India: The First Book 22
Accounts of China and India: The Second Book 66
Afterword to the Second Book 132
Notes 135
Glossary of Names and Terms 148
Bibliography 159
Mission to the Volga
Acknowledgements 165
Introduction 167
A Note on the Text 180
Notes to the Introduction 188
Map: Ibn Fadlan's Route to the Volga 189
Mission to the Volga 190
Continuation from Yaqut’s Geographical Dictionary 254
Notes 261
Glossary of Names and Terms 267
Bibliography 281
Further Reading 285
Index 299
About the NYU Abu Dhabi Institute 310
About the Typefaces 311
About the Editor-Translators 312

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