A traveller in thirteenth-century Arabia: Ibn al-Mujāwir's Tārīkh al-mustabṣir
Ashgate, 2008 - History - 341 pages
This is the first English translation of the Tarikh al-Mustabsir, written in the early quarter of the thirteenth century by Ibn al-Mujawir. The text is a fascinating account of the western and southern areas of the Arabian Peninsula by a man from the east of the Islamic world, probably from Khurasan in Iran.Ibn al-Mujawir was a man who in all probability followed the age-old Islamic practice of making the pilgrimage to Mecca and thereafter travelling in the area to further his business interests. His route began in Mecca and essentially ran south through the Red Sea coastal plain, Tihamah, down into the Yemen and along the southern coast of the peninsula. He paused long in Aden, where he observed closely the activities of the port to report at some length on its administration, its taxes, its markets, its currency, its weights and measures, and the like. His route then continued along the southern coast of Arabia into the Gulf, and he presumably returned home to the east via Iraq. The author is a wonderful observer of people: their buildings, their dress, their customs, their agriculture, their food and their history.This book is a unique source for the social and economic history of thirteenth-century south Arabia, written with a humour and wit otherwise unknown in the writings of medieval Islam. The text is of major linguistic importance too, written as it is in a far from classical Arabic. This translation is fully annotated with an introduction, glossary, appendices and full indices, and contains maps and illustrations.
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Tdrikh alMustabsir Translation
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Abbasid Abdallah Abi Talib Aden Ahmad al-Din al-Hasan al-Husayn al-Janad al-Malik al-Mas'ud al-Mas'ud Yusuf al-Ta'if Amir Appendix Arabian Peninsula Arabic Ayyub Ayyubids Bakr Baladi Bi'r Bosworth built caliph called camels Da'i date palms Dictionary Dictionnaire Dimyati dinars dirhams Dozy end map fortress gate Gazetteer Glossaire Hadramawt Hamdani Hejaz Husn Ibn al-Mujawir Imam informed as follows inhabitants Iraq Islamic Dynasties island Ja'far Jabal Kahhalah Kazimirski Khurasan killed knows best land Landberg Lane Lexicon Lofgren Mahdids Maqhafi meaning Mecca mentioned miles mosque mountain Muhammad Mujam Najahids Najd parasangs Persian plur poet Political History pre-Islamic Qays Quran Rasulid Reading recited as follows regions replied route ruler Sa'dah San'a Sayf al-Islam says Serjeant Shaykh Shibam Sifab slave Smith Socotra stone Sulayhid Sulayman sultan Ta'izz Tdrikh al-Mustabsir Tihamah town tribe Tughtakin Umarah Unidentified Varisco Wadi Yaman Yaqut Yemen Zabid Zayd Ziyad Zuray'ids