Wednesday, April 30, 2014

000018 - Ibn al-Faqih, Persian Geographer

Ibn al-Faqih
Ibn al-Faqih. (Ibn al-Faqih al-Hamadhani(Persianابن فقیه الهمذانی‎)  Persian author of a geography written in Arabic during the ninth century.  In his only surviving work The Book of the Countries (Concise Book of Lands), he describes his native town Hamadan and the countries of Iran, Arabia, Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Rum, Jazira, Central Asia, Nubia, Abyssinia, North Africa, al-Andalus and Sudan are given merely a brief mention.

Ibn al-Faqih al-Hamadhani became famous for his Mukhtasar Kitab al-Buldan (Concise Book of Lands). He was noted for his comparison of the customs, food diets, codes of dress, rituals, along with the flora and fauna of China and India.

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