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The book of roads & kingdoms /

by Fidler, Richard, Published by : ABC Books, (Sydney, NSW :) , 2022 Physical details: xv, 430 pages : ilustrations, map ; 21 cm. ISBN:9780733342592. List(s) this item appears in: October 2022 Non-Fiction | October 2022 Australian Titles
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New book Melbourne Athenaeum Library
Non-Fiction 909 FID Issued 26/11/2022 071040
Total reserves: 0

"From the wonders of imperial Baghdad to the darklands at the ends of the earth."--Cover.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

People obsessed with travel, knowledge and adventure. When Richard Fidler came across the account of Ibn Fadlan - a tenth-century Arab diplomat who travelled all the way from Baghdad to the cold riverlands of modern-day Russia - he was struck by how modern his voice was, like that of a twenty-first century time-traveller dropped into a medieval wilderness. On further investigation, Fidler discovered this was just one of countless reports from Arab and Persian travellers of their adventures in medieval China, India, Africa and Byzantium. Put together, he saw these stories formed a crazy quilt picture of a lost world. The Book of Roads & Kingdoms is the story of the medieval wanderers who travelled out to the edges of the known world during Islam's fabled Golden Age; an era when the caliphs of Baghdad presided over a dominion greater than the Roman Empire at its peak, stretching from North Africa to India. Imperial Baghdad, founded as the 'City of Peace', quickly became the biggest and richest metropolis in the world. Standing atop one of the city's four gates, its founder proclaimed: Here is the Tigris River, and nothing stands between it and China. In a flourishing culture of science, literature and philosophy, the citizens of Baghdad were fascinated by the world and everything in it. Inspired by their Prophet's commandment to seek knowledge all over the world, these traders, diplomats, soldiers and scientists left behind the cosmopolitan pleasures of Baghdad to venture by camel, horse and boat into the unknown.

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