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Title Gog and Magog in early eastern Christian and Islamic sources : Sallam's quest for Alexander's wall / by Emeri van Donzel, Andrea Schmidt ; with a contribution by Claudia Ott
Published Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2010
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Description 1 online resource (xx, 271 pages, 11 unnumbered page of plates) : illustrations (some color), maps (some color)
Series Brill's Inner Asian library ; v. 22
Brill's Inner Asian library ; v. 22
Contents Gog and Magog in pre-Islamic, Jewish and Christian sources. Names and identification of Gog and Magog ; The Bible ; Jewish literature ; The Sibylline Oracles ; Flavius Josephus ; Early Christian literature -- Alexander and Gog and Magog in early Oriental Christian sources. The Syriac Alexander romance ; The Syriac Alexander legend ; The Syriac Alexander poem ; A Syriac sermon on the last days ; The Syriac apocalypse of pseudo-Methodius ; The chronicle of Michael the Syrian ; The Coptic and Ethiopic Alexander romance ; The Coptic apocalypses ; The Armenian tradition ; The Georgian tradition -- Gog and Magog and Iskandar " the two-horned one" in the Koran. Koran XVIII:83-98 ; Koran XXI:95-96 ; Rudi Paret's commentary on Koran XVIII:82ff ; Barrier/Rampart/Gate (sadd/radm/bab) -- Gog and Magog in Islamic tradition. The Sunni collections ; The Shi'i collections ; Koran commentators and Arab lexicographers ; Common themes -- Gog and Magog in mediaeval Arabic, Persian and Turkish prose. Common themes -- Gog and Magog and the barrier in Arab poetry, Adab literature, popular epics and anecdotes. Arab poetry ; Adab literature ; Epic literature ; Anecdotes ; Persian and Turkish verse ; Some modern works in Arabic -- Sallam's journey and the barrier of "the two-horned one". Interpreter and traveller ; The travel account : text and translation ; Arab authors ; Sallam's travel account in Persian sources ; Criticism on Sallam's travel account by some Arab and Western authors -- Gog and Magog and the barrier : the origin of Sallam's description. Early Arabo-Muslim poets and the Syriac tradition ; Islamic traditionists ; The barrier as described in the Syriac tradition compared with Sallam's description -- The background to the journey. The political environment ; Reasons for the journey ; Sallam's journey and the so-called map of Caliph al-Ma'mun ; Dates of the journey -- The outward journey : Samarra-Yumenguan (ca. July-August 842-November-December 843). Samarra-Tiflis ; The master of Sarir ; The king of the Alans ; The Filan-shah ; The Khazars ; The Bashkirts ; The fetid land, and the Turks in Central Asia ; Dzungaria ; The Tarim Basin ; Qocho, and the Christian presence in Eastern Turkestan ; Fortified places ; Igu ; Igu-Anxi ; Igu/Hami-Dunhuang ; Dunhuang ; Summary of the outward journey ; Distances and duration -- Yumenguang : destination reached. Yumenguan or the Jade Gate ; Various locations ; Abu Dulaf's Risala and Sallam's account ; Yumenguan : the gate to the West ; Yumenguan : the barrier of "the two-horned one"? -- The homeward journey : Yumenguan-Samarra (ca. December 843/January 844-December 844/January 845). The itinerary ; Zuanzang's itinerary ; Stages ; Summary of the homeworld journey ; Distances and duration of the journey
Summary An important contribution to the discussion about Christian Syriac influence on Koran and Early Muslim Tradition, this volume studies Eastern Christian and Islamic views on the Biblical and Koranic Gog and Magog. Connected with this theme is the quest for Alexandera (TM)s wall
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Alexander, the Great, 356 B.C.-323 B.C. -- In literature.
Alexander, the Great, 356 B.C.-323 B.C. -- Travel -- Asia.
Sallām, al-Turjumān, active 842-844 -- Travel -- Asia.
Apocalyptic literature -- History and criticism.
Historic sites -- Asia.
Islamic literature -- History and criticism.
Syriac literature -- History and criticism.
Asia -- Description and travel -- Sources.
Asia -- Description and travel.
Asia -- History, Local.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Local history.
Form Electronic book
Author Donzel, E. J. van.
Ott, Claudia.
Schmidt, Andrea B., 1959-
ISBN 9047427629 (electronic bk.)
9789047427629 (electronic bk.)