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Islamic Cities - forgotten ones.

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Posted By: Derideaux
Subject: Islamic Cities - forgotten ones.
Date Posted: 28 August 2005 at 6:02am

Islamic Cities-forgotten ones-

One corner of the Islamic world, a very old one that gets often forgotten are the medieval Swahili cities that dot the East African coast. People visiting them during the Middle Ages wrote accounts of them. I collected translations of their accounts and published them on the net. So far I have 160 translated texts. Some are only one line long others 30 pages. These travelers came mostly from Persia and China. Many also from India; but none of those last ones wrote down his account. I will give the link to the most important of these from before the year 1000. My hope is to contribute this way to the History of the Swahili.


Abu Zaid Hassan (851) the earliest known Muslim traveler to Africa and China to have left an account. -

Al Jahiz (869); with a complete translation of his book called : The pride of the blacks over the whites, and extracts from several of his other books - -

Tuan Ch’eng-Shih (863) : the first Chinese to give a lengthy description of the east African coast. -

Al Masudi : (916) who with his account of the Zanj and their kingdoms is the most important eyewitness of the 10 century. - -

Buzurg ibn Shahriyar.(955) Who collected seaman’s tales in Basra many of them related to the East African coast. - -

Istakhri (957) whose account of east Africa has never been published before. - -

Ibn Hawqal (970) with his description and maps of East Africa. - - - - -

Hudud al A’lam (982) an anonymous book from Persia. -

These are the most important ones from before the year 1000.

Kind Regards

Pieter Derideaux

Posted By: StarComm
Date Posted: 02 July 2006 at 6:46pm
I appreciate your sharing of this knowledge with us.

And that He is Lord of Al shi'ra(The Star Sirius), And That He destroyed The tribe of 'Ad that was first.

[chapter the star verse 49-50]

Posted By: PDerideaux
Date Posted: 04 February 2010 at 6:25am
I would like to add a note:
The above URL given are not correct anymore.
The website has moved to:

Kind Regards
Pieter Derideaux - History of East Africa -

Posted By: whitelion553
Date Posted: 29 November 2014 at 7:37am

i try to say only facts

Posted By: adeeliqbal
Date Posted: 13 December 2017 at 1:22am
Yes, they came from Persia (the Middle East and Central Asian Countries).

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