They Surveyed the World

They Surveyed the World

Exploring the Arab Empire and Beyond

Streaming Video - 2006
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During the 10th century, people routinely journeyed from one end of the huge Arab empire to the other-and even into non-Islamic lands far to the north and the east. Who were these travelers, and what did they seek? This program captures what it was like to be a pilgrim in a caravan bound for Mecca, an official carrying out the Caliph's orders, a scholar seeking knowledge, a merchant in search of new markets, and an explorer charting the seas. Some of the era's most memorable personalities-the mathematician al-Khuwarizmi, the chronicler Abul Hasan Ali al-Mas'udi, the cartographer Abu al-Qasim Muhammad ibn Hawqal-are profiled.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2006], c1999

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