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al- Idrīsī, Abū ʿAbdallāh
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Abū ʿAbdallāh Muḥammad al-Idrīsī al-Qurṭubī b. Muḥammad b. ʿAbdallāh b. Idrīs b. Yaḥyā al-ʿĀlī bi-Amrillāh b. ʿAlī b. Ḥammūd al-ʿĀlī is the Arab geographer most familiar to Europeans, as his illustrated geography Nuzhat al-mushtāq fī khtirāq al-āfāq (“The book of pleasant journeys into faraway lands”), composed in about 549/1154, was one of the first Arabic books printed in Europe, a partial Latin translation of which was made twenty-seven years later. The Nuzhat comprised seve…

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Ducène, Jean-Charles, “al-Idrīsī, Abū ʿAbdallāh”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson. Consulted online on 21 September 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_COM_32372>
First published online: 2018
First print edition: 9789004356641, 2018, 2018-3

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