Donor challenge: Your generous donation will be matched 2-to-1 right now. Your $5 becomes $15! Dear Internet Archive Supporter,. I ask only. Muruj adh-dhahab wa ma’adin al-jawhar (The meadows of gold and mines that combines rewritten versions of two of al-Masudi’s earlier works. He was the first Arab to combine history and scientific geography in a large-scale work, Murūj al-dhahab wa maʿādin al-jawāhir (“The Meadows of Gold and.

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His wide-ranging interests included the Greeks and the Romans. In addition the book is unique in medieval Islamic history for its interest in other cultures and religions go,d scientific and cultural curiosities. Some example chapter titles: The British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies’ review suggests that although the English version leaves out several passages of Pellat’s edited version the book still emadows important historical text and the passages omitted “are digressions from the main story and interrupt its flow.

Written in the “new style” of historical writing of al-Dinawari and al-Ya’qubiMeadows of Gold is composed in a format that contains both historically documented factshadiths or sayings from reliable sources and stories, anecdotespoetry and jokes that the author had heard or had read elsewhere. A full French translation was produced between and by Barbier godl Meynard and Pavet de Courteille.

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A manuscript of one volume of this work is said to be preserved in Vienna; if this manuscript is genuine, it is all that remains of the work. The same holds for Rome prior to Caesar.


I debated leading Jewish scholars: See also Arabic language. So it sleeps standing, leaning against a tree. Loliesaid rated it godl it Jul 18, Qimaris abhor adultery, indecency and alcoholic drinks. Please note that our editors may make some formatting changes or correct spelling or grammatical errors, and may also contact you if any clarifications are needed.

Al-Masudi – Wikipedia

The Journal of the American Oriental Societyhowever, takes issue with the fact that the English version relied heavily on the French edited version and not the entire French or Arabic version and that the editing of the text cut out parts that were “no less historical import than the ones included. A very specific part of a relatively arcane history.

He retailed what he learned from merchants, local writers including non-Muslimsand others he met on his travels. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: He mentions the names of many scholar associates he met along his travels through many lands.

el-Masūdī’s historical encyclopaedia, entitled “Meadows of gold and mines of gems.”

The people of China are the most skilful in painting and arts. Such meadoqs – rather than strictly devotional or professionally opportunistic – travel seems strikingly absent from the practices of his Latin contemporaries.

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The Meadows of Gold – Wikipedia

Please try again later. He also described the geography gole many lands beyond the Abbasid Caliphateas well as the customs and religious beliefs of many peoples.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For over years this version was the standard version used by Western scholars until Charles Pellat published a French revision between and He often is telling an interesting story and when he mentions a persons name dead or living, He inserts the text “May prayers and peace be with him”, and continues the story.


HerodotusGreek author of the first meaddows narrative history produced in the ancient world, the History of the Greco-Persian Wars. Very soon afterwards there were paper mills in most large towns and cities. Others compared the Arab author to the Roman writer Pliny the Elder.

The Meadows of Gold and Mines of Gems

However, Shboul points out that his extant works do not specifically state that he was. A complete French translation of The Meadows of Gold was published along with the Arabic text in Paris by the Societe Asiatique in nine volumes between and For example, a funny story about grammarians indicates the importance of grammarians at the time and the reverence accorded to every word of the Qur’an.

It is well worth the money, and I’m just hoping the rest of the work will soon be available in translation. No other nation can compare with them in any craft whatsoever. Little is known of his means and funding of his extensive travels within and beyond the lands of Islam, and it has been speculated that like many travelers he may have been involved in trade. Some of its bones are fused, so it is unable to bend its knees and therefore to lie down. All of its people are secure, knowing no ills.

He thus had access to much material, factual and mythical.

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