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1. Sallam Al-Tardjuman—Interpreter And Traveller

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This chapter deals with the location and the search for the barrier of Alexander, 'the two-horned one', as reported by Sallam the Interpreter and preserved by Ibn Khurradadhbih. In order to show how Sallam's travel account was read, judged and passed on by early Arab geographers, it seems useful to deal with the various manuscripts in detail. The existing versions make it clear that the travel account was an important source of information for later Arab geographers and was even known to the Persians and the Turks. Moreover, the various versions must be taken into account in order to reconstruct Sallam's itinerary.

Keywords: Arab geographers; Gog; Ibn Khurradadhbih; Magog; Sallam's travel account; Samarra; the two-horned one



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