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Travels in Nubia

By Hardcover:  pages Publisher: Darf Publishers Ltd; New edition (1987) Language: English ISBN-10: 1850771723 ISBN-13: 9781850771722 Johann Ludwig Burckhardt (1784-1817) Swiss by birth, travelled to London in 1806 with an introduction to Joseph Banks, leading member of the African Association. Burckhardt thereafter devoted himself with the language and customs of Arabic peoples in order to pass through Islamic countries then hostile to Christians. Indeed, so proficient he became in...

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Hardcover:  pages
Publisher: Darf Publishers Ltd; New edition (1987)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1850771723
ISBN-13: 9781850771722

Johann Ludwig Burckhardt (1784-1817) Swiss by birth, travelled to London in 1806 with an introduction to Joseph Banks, leading member of the African Association. Burckhardt thereafter devoted himself with the language and customs of Arabic peoples in order to pass through Islamic countries then hostile to Christians.

Indeed, so proficient he became in the vulgar Arabic, and in his knowledge of the Qu’ran, that he was not only accepted as a true believer, but praised as a great Muslim scholar. In 1814 he became one of the first Christians to perform the pilgrimage to Mecca. In 1817, while at Cairo, Burckhardt contracted dysentry from which he died. He was buried as a holy pilgrim in Muslim cemetery there.