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Arabic Classical Accounts of India and China

Arabic Classical Accounts of India and China


Item Code: IDH373

by S. Maqbul Ahmad

Hardcover (Edition: 1989)

Indian Institute Of Advanced Study, Shimla in assocation with Raddha-India, Calcutta
ISBN 8185292043

Size: 8.1" X 5.5"
Pages: 87
Price: $16.50
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From the Jacket

The work contains two books: (1) an account of India by Ibn Khurdadhbih (d. c. 912), one of the earliest Arab geographers, and forms a part of his world geography al-Masalik wa'l-Mamalik; (2) An account of India and China compiled in A.D. 851 and usually attributed to Sulayman, the Merchant. Professor Ahmad has presented the first complete English translation of the two works with exhaustive commentaries based on the latest editions of the works. The works deal with the geography, social and economic life of the peoples and the political set-up of India and China during the ninth century A.D. The account of China and India is based on the personal observations and experiences of merchants and travellers visiting these countries. The two works are of immense historical importance and provide valuable and authentic source material for the ancient history of India and China.

About The Author

Sayyid Maqbul Ahmad (b. 1919), educated at Oxford, is an eminent scholar in Islamic history and geography. He taught at Aligarh Muslim University for nearly three decades and is the founder of the Centre of West Asian Studies there. He also established the Centre of Central Asian Studies and the Central Asian Museum at the University of Kashmir, Srinagar. He is currently Professor Emeritus at Aligarh Muslim University. His publications include al-Idrisi, India and the Neighbouring Territories (1960) Indo-Arab Relations (1969) and part of al-Idrisi, Opus Geographicum, Kitab Nuzhat al-Mushtaq fi'khtiraq al -'Afaq (1970-78).

Book One
Roads and Kingdoms
II Commentary
Book Two
An Account of China and India
II Commentary
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