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The reader of Sallams travel account is left with many questions. But the most intriguing question, it seems to us, is his description of the barrier against Gog and Magog. Sallam gives the impression to have reached, at a certain point, a building, construction or post in which he seesor says to seethe barrier against Gog and Magog. This place evidently is the point of his return to Samarra. What kind of building may have given Sallam the idea of having reached his destination? The impressive building, especially after its completion under the emperor Wudi of the Han dynasty, may well have been discussed far and wide among the nomads in the Central Asian steppes and have found their way to the Near East along the Silk Road. This chapter briefly describes whether Yumenguan can be considered as the building considered by Sallam as the aim of his journey.

Keywords: Central Asian steppes; Gog and Magog; Sallams travel account; Samarra; Yumenguan



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