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The oriental geography of Ebn Haukal. An Arabian traveller of the tenth century

al-Iṣṭakhrī, active 10th century.

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Also known as

Kitāb masālik wa mamālik


London : Printed by Wilson for T. Cadell, and W. Davies, 1800.

Physical description

2 unnumbered leaves, xxxvi, 327 pages : folded frontispiece (map) ; (4to)


From a Persian version of the "Masālik al-mamālik" cf. Pref., p. iii

Ascribed by Ouseley in his translation to Muḥammad ibn Ḥauḳal and by Sprenger in the catalogue of his manuscripts (no. 1) to Aḥmad ibn Sahl (Abü Zaid) al-Balkhī. In 921 al-Balkhī wrote a geographic work in which the maps were the important part. Ca. 951, al-Iṣṭakhrī wrote a revision of al-Balkhī's work, commonly known as the "Kitāb al-aḳāiīm," in which he extended the description of places. A second revision of al-Balkhī's work was made ca. 977 by Ibn Ḥauḳal. cf. M. J. de Goeje, Die Istakhrī-Balkhī frage (in Zeitschrift der Deutschen morgenländischen geselischaft, 25. bd., 1871, p. 42-58) and C. Brockelmann, Geschichte der arabischen litteratur, 1898, bd. 1, p. 229.

English title preceded by title in Persian

Publications note

ESTC T154324


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