Gog and Magog in Early Eastern Christian and Islamic Sources: Sallam's Quest for Alexander's Wall
Alexander's Alleged Wall Against Gog and Magog, often connected with the enclosure of the apocalyptic people, was a widespread theme among Syriac Christians in Mesopotamia. In the ninth century Sallam the Interpreter dictated an account of his search for the barrier to the Arab geographer Ibn Khurradadhbih. The reliability of Sallam's journey from Samarra to Western China and back (842-45), however, has always been a highly contested issue. Van Donzel and Schmidt consider the travel account as historical.
This volume presents a translation of the source while at the same time it carefully looks into other Eastern Christian and Muslim traditions of the famous lore. A comprehensive survey reconstructs the political and topographical data. As so many other examples, this story pays witness to the influence of the Syriac Christian tradition on Koran and Muslim Traditions.
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Chapter 1 Gog and Magog in PreIslamic Jewish and Christian Sources
Chapter 2 Alexander and Gog and Magog in Eastern Christian Sources
Chapter 3 Gog and Magog and Alexander the twohorned in the Koran
Chapter 4 Gog and Magog in Islamic Tradition
Chapter 5 Gog and Magog in mediaeval Arabic Persian and Turkish pros
Chapter 6 Gog and Magog and the barrier in Arab poetry Adab literature popular epics and anecdotes
the origin of Sallams description
Chapter 9 The political landscape in Samarra the Caucasus and Central Asia in the 8th and first half of the 9th century
SamarrandashYumenguan ca JulyAugust 842ndashNovemberDecember 843
Chapter 11 Destination reached
YumenguanndashSamarra ca December 843January 844ndashDecember 844January 845
Index of Names and Places
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Abå According AÈmad al-•abarÊ al-buld§n al-IdrÊsÊ omits al-Idrisi al-Jayhani al-Khidr al-Mas#ådÊ al-Wathiq Alexander Legend Alexander Magnus Arabicus Alexander Poem Alexander Romance Alexander’s gate Apocalypse Arabic Armenian barrier of Gog C.E. Bosworth Caliph Caucasus century Chapter China Chinese Christian copper cubits Darial Pass Derbent Doufikar-Aerts Dunhuang east eschatological fortresses Georgian God’s Goeje Gog and Magog Greek History homeward journey Ibn adjar Ibn al-Faqih Ibn Khurradadhbih Ibn Rusta iron Islam itinerary Japheth khaqan Khazars Khurasan king Kit§b Koran lake land Loulan manuscript mentioned Minorsky motif mountains MuÈammad Murådj Muslim northern outward journey parasangs pass Persian Prophet Pseudo-Methodius Qarluqs rampart region Reinink river route Sallam Sallam’s account Sallam’s travel account Samarkand Samarra Silk Road story Syriac Syriac Alexander Syriac tradition TafsÊr Tarim Basin Tibetans tion town transl translation Turfan Türkesh Turkish Turks two-horned udåd Uygur wall Xuanzang Yumenguan