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Two Arabic Travel Books: Accounts of China and India and Mission to the Volga

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Two Arabic Travel Books combines two exceptional exemplars of Arabic travel writing, penned in the same era but chronicling wildly divergent experiences. Accounts of China and India is a compilation of reports and anecdotes on the lands and peoples of the Indian Ocean, from the Somali headlands to China and Korea. The early centuries of the Abbasid era witnessed a ...more
Hardcover, 328 pages
Published December 8th 2014 by New York University Press (first published November 4th 2014)
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Skander
Dec 17, 2014 Skander rated it liked it
These are two short but interesting travelogues. I think for an undergraduate class, they might be an easy short assignment - probably the most interesting aspect of this of course is the way that the authors see other cultures, and thus reflect on their own culture. I was amused for example that both authors comment, with a little shock, that other cultures eat out of individual plates instead of a communal plate - something I've seen European travelers to the Arab world comment on, but it ...more
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Oct 03, 2015 Wayfarer rated it really liked it
Shelves: culture, travel, classics

Essentially two travel books in one - four vast regions accounted for by two diversely different tellings of such fascinating encounters and cultural exchanges - this is the Abbasid era at it's best - curiously vivid yet unexplained. Al-Sarafi's account is a patchwork of fascinating encounters (e.g. Cannibal Islands) and specific descriptions of the socio-political order of the day (e.g. in China) covering the whole of the Indo-Chinese coast, it's lands, peoples cultures and goods (e.g. Tea, Por
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