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Buy now. Delivery included to Germany. Due to the Covid pandemic, our despatch and delivery times are taking a little longer than normal. Read more here. Includes delivery to Germany. Out of stock Notify me when available Submit. Check for new and used marketplace copies. Umar Ibn Rusta was born in Isfahan at an unknown date and he flourished in the first decade of the 10th century CE.
Only the seventh volume of his Kitab al-A? The work deals with mathematical, descriptive and human geography and a variety of historical and other subjects. One of his sources seems to have been a more complete version of Ibn Khurradadhbih, which has not survived. The Kitab al-A? Abbasid society. It is published here together with the Kitab al-buldan 'The book of countries' by al-Ya?
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Ibn Rustah, Aḥmad ibn ʻUmar active 9th century-10th century
The information on his home town of Isfahan is especially extensive and valuable. Ibn Rustah states that, while for other lands he had to depend on second-hand reports, often acquired with great difficulty and with no means of checking their veracity, for Isfahan he could use his own experience and observations or statements from others known to be reliable. Thus we have a description of the twenty districts rostaqs of Isfahan containing details not found in other geographers' works. Concerning the town itself, we learn that it was perfectly circular in shape, with a circumference of half a farsang , walls defended by a hundred towers, and four gates. His information on the non-Islamic peoples of Europe and Inner Asia makes him a useful source for these obscure regions he was even aware of the existence of the British Isles and of the Heptarchy of Anglo-Saxon England and for the prehistory of the Turks and other steppe peoples. He travelled to Novgorod with the Rus' and compiled books relating his own travels, as well as second-hand knowledge of the Khazars , Magyars , Slavs , Bulgars and other peoples.
Ahmad ibn Rustah