Nasir-i Khusraw's Book of Travels
Leaving Egypt the third and final time, he made his way down the Nile and across the Red Sea to the Hejaz, crossed the Arabian peninsula to Basra and finally returned to Balkh through southern Iran. The record of his adventures, observations and experiences is contained in his travelogue, the Safarnama." "This book gives us a vivid picture of the 11th-century Islamic world from Transoxania to Egypt, and the author provides minute descriptions of the two major shrines of Islam, the Dome of the Rock complex in Jerusalem and the Haram at Mecca. In addition, Nasir-i Khusraw records interesting architectural features he found in the towns and cities he visited, relates encounters with out-of-the-way people, sets down folklore from various regions, and gives a detailed description of some of the more colorful public ceremonies in Egypt."--BOOK JACKET.
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