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Cradle of Islam
The Travels of Ibn Al-Tayyib
The Forgotten Journey of an Eighteenth Century Traveller to the Hijaz1089
In the eighteenth century, the academic scholar Ibn al-Tayyib made a rihla (journey) from Morocco to the Hijaz, in modern day Saudi Arabia, documenting his travels in the translated manuscript "Rihla ila al-Hijaz", now stored in Leipzig University Library. Lahlali and Al-Dihan here introduce the manuscript and provide a commentary on this remarkable journey and the socio-political climate of the time in which it took place. Al-Tayyib's detailed manuscript contains accounts of observations he made during his travels and his comments regarding the social, economic and political conditions of the countries he visited, as well as comments about the scholars whom he was able to meet. The work is considered the most important reference to the author's life and culture, and is an important source in terms of the linguistic derivations of geographical names. Lahlali and Al-Dihan also provide an insight into al-Tayyib's life and work during the period that he spent outside North Africa. A full translation of the manuscript is provided in this book which serves as a reference for further study.
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'This book is a delight to read ... a fascinating eighteenth-century diary with details on the socio-economic and political conditions of the countries Ibn al-Tayyib witnessed on his caravan journey to the Hijaz ...which fills an important gap in the history of North African travel writing.' - Dionisius A. Agius, Professor of Arabic and Islamic Material Culture, University of Exeter; 'This book is an outstanding contribution to our knowledge of the Hijaz through travel literature. It concentrates on the unpublished manuscript of Ibn al-Tayyib's Rihla (Rihla ila al-Hijaz) and is unique in itself for the sheer volume of detail concerning not only al-Tayyib's journey but also an inclusive account of his life, clarity of observation of his surroundings, his description of geographical locations and cultural and theological encounters. Mustapha Lahlali, Salah Al-Dihan and Wafa Abu Hatab, by translation of this manuscript, provide invaluable information for academics across a wide range of disciplines and this book will prove to be an important source of information, which would otherwise prove impossibly elusive.' - Anne Macklin, Former Lecturer in Islamic Art and Architecture, Civilisation and Material Culture, University of Leeds
Mustapha Lahlali is Lecturer in Arabic Language and Media at the University of Leeds. Salah Al-Dihan teaches Arabic language at the University of Kuwait. Wafa Abu Hatab is is Assistant Professor in Contrastive Linguistics, Al-Isra Private University, Jordan.