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Sallam’S Homeward Journey: Yumenguan-Samarra (Ca. December 843/January 844-December 844/January 845)

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All versions of Sallams journey (except that of Yaqut) say that the homeward journey took twelve months and a couple of days. Many sections of the outward and homeward journeys of the Buddhist pilgrim Xuanzang in the 7th century shed light on parts of the alleged outward and homeward journeys of Sallam. Since Xuanzangs itinerary is so much better documented than Sallams homeward journey, it is useful for our purpose to follow the monk again, now from Yumenguan to Tirmidh. This chapter mentions a list of places in both Ibn Khurradadhbihs and al-Idrisis versions of Sallams travel account. It shows how erratic the itinerary of the homeward journey was. Placed on a modern map, Sallams homeward journey started in Yumenguan and took him across the Tarim Basin and the Tianshan Mountains to Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Iran and Iraq.

Keywords: Sallams homeward journey; Sallams travel account; Xuanzangs itinerary; Yumenguan



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