In the eighteenth century, the academic scholar Ibn al-Tayyib made a rihla (journey) from Morocco to the Hijaz in modern day Saudi Arabia, documenting his travels in the translated manuscript Rihla ila al-Hijaz. Lahlali, Al-Dihan and Abu Hatab here introduce the manuscript, providing a complete translation of the text and a commentary on this remarkable journey and the socio-political climate of the time in which it took place. Al-Tayyibs manuscript is considered the most important reference to the author's life and culture and provides a fascinating and important insight into North Africa and the Middle East in the eighteenth century.
Mustapha Lahlali is Lecturer in Arabic Language and Media at the University of Leeds. Salah Al-Dihan teaches Arabic Language at the University of Kuwait. Wafa Abu Hatab is is Assistant Professor in Contrastive Linguistics at Al-Isra Private University, Jordan.
* Introduction * Part I: Translation of Ibn Al-Tayyibs Rihla * Part II: Commentary * Hijazi Rihla and Travellers prior to Ibn al-Tayyib * Morocco and Hijaz during Ibn al-Tayyibs era * Ibn al-Tayyib and his School of Thought * Different Phenomena in Ibn al-Tayyibs Journey * The Academic Style of Ibn al-Tayyib in his Writings * Ibn al-Tayyib al-Sharqi and the Academic Movement * The Route of Ibn al-Tayyibs Journey * The Hardships and Dangers of Pilgrimage * Various Phenomena in the Journey of Ibn al-Tayyib al-Sharqi * Trade and Markets * Ceremonies and Occasions on the Journey * The Women in the Rihla of Ibn al-Tayyib *
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