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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el-Masūdī’s historical encyclopaedia, entitled “Meadows of gold and mines of gems.”

I saw peacocks in India: This is a great travel book. My aim has been to trace the lands and the histories of many peoples, and I have no other. Views Read Edit View history.

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The Meadows of Gold and Mines of Gems

Masud rated it really liked it Oct 11, Armenian Academy of Sciences. He had access to a wealth of translations by scholars such as ibn al-Muqaffa from Middle Persian into Arabic. On an Indian war elephant: Translated and edited by Paul Lunde and Caroline Stone. 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 says “The earth is fertile,life is easy and everthing is available in abundance. This was an enjoyable and sometimes eye-opening window into the past, a Herodotus-style 10th century romp through the world as it was then known, peppered with useful medical advice the electric catfish “can be used to provide instant relief from the pain of a severe migraine by being applied live to the head of the sufferer” and descriptions of historico-cultural marvels.


Like all other Arabic historians he was unclear on the Achaemenid dynastythough he knew of Kurush Cyrus the Great. Only one volume was published. For other uses, see Masudi disambiguation. Mossdaniel rated it liked it Dec 10, The people of Qimar [Cambodia] have fresh breath because, like Muslims, they use toothpicks.

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Jenny rated it liked it Oct 07, Beside the information you would expect in an original source historical account, there are anacdotes which are funny, moving, and give glimpses into the social fabric of the time. No trivia or quizzes yet.

Thom Snoeren rated it liked it Jan 10, The relative positions and characteristics of the seas are also explained. But he tended to reproduce uncritically what he had heard; thus, his explanations of natural phenomena are often incorrect. Please try again later.

HerodotusGreek author of the first great narrative history produced in the ancient world, the History of the Greco-Persian Wars. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. Ahmad Shboul mentions the rich blend of Greek philosophy, Persian literature, Indian mathematics and the rich heritage of the ancient cultures that went into the vigorous life of the day. China was jeadows due to its justice until the Huang Chao rebellion of So far this book has been my favorite in the series because Al-Masudi was sent on behalf of an entire nation to recount the history of the world whereas the other msaudi were personal stories of adventure keadows unknown travel.


Masudi also contributed an important role in this historicity by adding the importance of eye-witnessing a place or event in order to strengthen its veracity.

It starts with the creation of the world and Jewish history. Among particularly interesting sections are those on pearl diving in the Persian Gulfamber found in East AfricaHindu burial customs, the land route to Chinaand navigation, with its various hazards, such as storms and waterspouts. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. This was revised inand again, by Pellattext; – 71, translation. Written in the “new style” of historical writing of al-Dinawari and al-Ya’qubiMeadows of Gold is composed in a format that contains both historically documented factshadiths or sayings from reliable sources and stories, anecdotespoetry and jokes that the author had heard or had read elsewhere.

Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. Michaelangelo againa feature of daily Islamic prayers. Be the first to ask a question about From the Meadows of Gold.

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If a king drinks wine, they hold that he deserves to be deposed since it is impossible for him to govern with clouded reason. It was finished shortly before his death. Mirza Mehdi Khan Astarabadi.