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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The titles of more than 20 books attributed to him are known, including several about Islamic beliefs and sects and even one about poisonsbut most of his writings have been lost. It starts with the creation of the world and Jewish history. To ask other readers questions about From the Meadows of Goldplease sign up. Reading this book, it really struck me how much of The second of twenty short, neat, gorgeously packaged books that I got in a boxset last Christmas or birthday, I forget which.

This is in the form of more than two hundred passages, many of these containing amusing and informative anecdotes.


His wide-ranging interests included the Greeks and the Romans. 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.

Journal of the American Oriental Society, Vol. Taken from Abbasid Studies: He also described the geography of many lands beyond the Abbasid Caliphateas well as the customs and religious beliefs of many peoples.


Ithaca Press,pp. In his travels he also personally consulted Persian scholars and Zoroastrian priests. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Trivia About From the Meadows Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Culture, people, animals, customs, stories, etc. A first version of the book was allegedly completed in the year AD but the author spent most of his life adding and editing the work as well. He mentions the AssyriansBabyloniansEgyptians and Persians among others.

Another significant portion of the text involves the civil war between Caliph al-Amin r.

On an Indian war elephant: Even before al-Masudi’s work was available in a European language, orientalists had compared him to Herodotusthe ancient Greek historian called “The Father of History. He was not content to learn merely from books and teachers but traveled widely to mmasudi firsthand knowledge of the countries about which he wrote. Reading this book, it really struck me how much of everything there is; how much must have been lost over the years.

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Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here It is well worth the money, and I’m just hoping the rest of the work will soon be available in translation. Indians, including Muslim, eat its flesh. This is the 2nd book in the Penguin book series “Great Journeys”. He was well-aware of the mixture of interesting facts in pre-Islamic times, in myths and controversial details from competing tribes and even referred to the similarity between some of this material and the legendary and story telling contributions of some Middle Persian and Indian books to the Thousand and One Nights.


Ibn Fadlan and the Land of Darkness: Geography and cartography in medieval Islam. He demonstrates a deep understanding of historical change, tracing current conditions to the unfolding of events over generations and centuries.

Jenny rated it liked it Oct 07, State U of New York. If you prefer to suggest your own revision of the article, you meadosw go to edit mode requires login. View all 6 comments. To quote Bernard Lewis: Geography and cartography in medieval Islam. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Jan 14, Daren rated it really liked it Shelves: Start reading Meadows Of Gold on your Kindle in under a minute.

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The Meadows of Gold and Mines of Gems

Umm Salama emigrated to Abyssinia with her first husband Abu Salama as part of the early sacred migration hijra. A good, light read, like all the books in this Penguin series. English Choose a language for shopping.

The women are famous for bedchamber delights.