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al- Idrīsī, Abū ʿAbdallāh
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Al-Idrīsī 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 seventy large regional maps covering the known inhabited world, each accompanied by a detailed description of the area covered.


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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 20 October 2018 <>
First published online: 2018
First print edition: 9789004356641, 2018, 2018-3

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