Travels Of Ibn Jubayr by Muhammad Ibn Ahmad Ibn JubayrWritten more than eight hundred years ago and now translated into English. This is the first hand account of a wise and scholarly Spanish Muslims pilgrimage to Makka and Madina, the two holy cities of Islam, and his travels to Baghdad, the city of the Caliphs, to the first onslaught of Salah al-din. Greatly detailed is his journey through Egypt anf the many towns and villages to the Hijaz, Arabia and beyond. A predecessor to Ibn Batuta. Translated by Ronald Broadhurst.
The reader is kept closely en rapport with the original author, the translation being as exact as English syntax and style will permit, abiding faithfully by the words, arrangement and imagery, and following the rigorous canons of oriental scholarship. Ronald Broadhurst has worked under the guidance of Professor Arberry, Professor of Arabic at the University of Cambridge.
The book is provided with full notes that include not only those of a specialist character that a scholarly work of this type requires but also those that will help and even entertain the general reader.
According to his travel diary, Ibn Jubayr, who was from al-Andalus, or Moorish Iberia, began his Hajj in out of penitence after having been forcibly made to drink wine. Egypt, under the rule of Saladin, was a welcoming place for wanderers with hostels built to accommodate students and travellers, doctors to look after their health, and allowances to cover their costs. His travels took him throughout the vast stretches of the Muslim world, from Valencia to Baghdad and Basra as well as to Jerusalem, which was then still under Christian rule. His keen insight into cultures and traditions, as well as his observations on the contemporary politics of his day paints a vibrant picture of his Hajj journey. Here, East and West converged in a multitude of peoples and languages. This ten-volume book is the culmination of his travel notes, which make up a travelogue, and part imaginative storytelling.
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