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Naser E Khosraw's Book Of Travels = (Safarnama)
NasKhosraw, well know for his philosophical works and ranked as one of the great poets of Persian, made a seven-year-long journey that began in his native Marv in the spring of 1046 and ended at Balkh in the fall of 1052. The impetus for leaving behind the life a revenue administrator and poet was a dream-vision that awakened him from a "forty-year sleep of heedlessness" ...more
Published October 1st 1985 by State University of New York Press
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The 11th century author Naser-e Khosrow from Khorasan, Iran, described his travels through Iran, Syria, Palestine, Egypt... He gives especially detailed descriptions of Mecca and Cairo in Fatimid times. Unfortunately this is not a very good translation. The translator didn't really seem to care for details. I am still waiting for a good annotated translation of this important work of Persian historiography.
simple, easy read following nasir khusrow's 7 year journey. It's written more like a factbook than a thought provoking journal. But there are some incrible descriptions - especially his descriptions of Jeruseleum and Mecca (I had no idea that the Kaaba used to be covered in white silk rather than black like now...). would love to trace his steps - but not likely considering that half the places are in no-go zones!