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The Entertainment for he who longs to travel the world was an Arabic geographical book written in Sicily in 1154 by the Muslim scholar Al-Sharif al-Idrisi. Read more about it at
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"Nuzhat al-Mushtaq
As well as the maps, al-Idrisi produced a compendium of geographical information with the title Kitab nuzhat al-mushtaq fi'khtiraq al-'afaq. The title has been translated as The book of pleasant journeys intofaraway lands[9] or The pleasure of him who longs to cross the horizons.[10] It has been preserved in nine manuscripts, seven of which contain maps.[11]
In the introduction, al-Idrisi mentions two sources for geographical coordinates: Claudius Ptolemy and an "astronomer" that must be Ishaq ibn al-Hasan al-Zayyat; and states that he has cross-checked oral reports from different informers to see if geographical coordinates were consistent.[11]
Publication and translation
An abridged version of the Arabic text was published in Rome in 1592 with title: De geographia universali or Kitāb Nuzhat al-mushtāq fī dhikr al-amṣār wa-al-aqṭār wa-al-buldān wa-al-juzur wa-al-madā’ in wa-al-āfāq which in English would be Recreation of the desirer in the account of cities, regions, countries, islands, towns, and distant lands.[12][13] This was one of the first Arabic books ever printed.[10] The first translation from the original Arabic was into Latin. The Maronites Gabriel Sionita and Joannes Hesronita translated an abridged version of the text which was published in Paris in 1619 with the rather misleading title of Geographia nubiensis.[14] Not until the middle of the 19th century was a complete translation of the Arabic text published."
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