IBN RUSTAH PDF

Wiet, pp. His book is extant in two manuscripts British Library, Add. The surviving volume deals with geography and other related subjects. Then he passes to a description of the two holy cities, Mecca and Medina, with much detail on topography and on the buildings and outstanding features of the sacred enclosures pp. Dealing now with the rest of the world, he describes its seas and rivers pp. He then reverts to a description of Persia, particularly Isfahan pp.

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Wiet, pp. His book is extant in two manuscripts British Library, Add. The surviving volume deals with geography and other related subjects. Then he passes to a description of the two holy cities, Mecca and Medina, with much detail on topography and on the buildings and outstanding features of the sacred enclosures pp.

Dealing now with the rest of the world, he describes its seas and rivers pp. He then reverts to a description of Persia, particularly Isfahan pp. The information on his home town of Isfahan is especially valuable.

Ebn Rosta states that, while for other lands he had to depend on second-hand reports, often acquired with great difficulty and with no means of checking their veracity, for Isfahan he could use his own experience and observations or statements from others known to be reliable p. Concerning the town itself, we learn that it was perfectly circular in shape, with a circumference of half a farsakh, walls defended by a hundred towers, and four gates pp.

His information on the non-Islamic peoples of Europe and Inner Asia makes him a useful source to the Muslims for these obscure regions he was even aware of the existence of the British Isles and of the Heptarchy of Anglo-Saxon England; p. His description of Constantinople pp. Dedering, 2 vols. Brockelmann, GAL I, p. VIII, Fasc.

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The information on his home town of Isfahan is especially extensive and valuable. Ibn Rustah states that, while for other lands he had to depend on second-hand reports, often acquired with great difficulty and with no means of checking their veracity, for Isfahan he could use his own experience and observations or statements from others known to be reliable. Concerning the town itself, we learn that it was perfectly circular in shape, with a circumference of half a farsang , walls defended by a hundred towers, and four gates. Recorded information[ edit ] His information on the non-Islamic peoples of Europe and Inner Asia makes him a useful source for these obscure regions he was even aware of the existence of the British Isles and of the Heptarchy of Anglo-Saxon England and for the prehistory of the Turks and other steppe peoples. They treat their slaves well and also they carry exquisite clothes, because they put great effort in trade. They have many towns. They have a most friendly attitude towards foreigners and strangers who seek refuge.

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