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This front matter section of this book Gog and Magog in Early Eastern Christian and Islamic Sources contains the table of contents, acknowledgements, a note on transliteration and the preface. The combination of the joined theme of Alexander's barrier with the apocalyptic peoples Gog and Magog led to a story which became quite popular among Christians and Muslims. This book reproduces here the editio princeps of the texted. It is the well-known Jade Gate in Western China, which Sallam considered to be the aim of his journey: Alexander's barrier against Gog and Magog. It tries to reconstruct Sallams journey from Iraq to the Caucasus and further along the great trade routes to the Gobi desert and Chinese Turkistan. It may contribute to a better understanding of the genuineness of one of the oldest travel accounts in Muslim literature. It also testifies the importance of Syriac tradition for Early Islam.

Keywords: Alexander's barrier; Early Eastern Christian; Gog and Magog; Islamic Sources; Muslim literature.; Sallams journey; Syriac tradition



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