Gog and Magog in Early Eastern Christian and Islamic Sources: Sallam's Quest for Alexander's Wall

Emeri J. van Donzel, Andrea Barbara Schmidt
BRILL, 2010 - 271 páginas
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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
Página de créditos

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Sobre el autor (2010)

Andrea B. Schmidt, Ph.D. (1990) is Professor for Christian Orient at the University of Louvain. Her publications deal with manuscript studies, text editions as well as research on the history and theology of the Syriac, Armenian and Georgian people. She is the editor of the journal "Le Museon" and several book-series, "Corpus Scriptorum Christianorum Orientalium" being the foremost of these. Emeri J. van Donzel, Ph.D. (1969) was an Editor of the "Encyclopaedia of Islam, New (2nd) edition" (1956-2005). His publications deal with Arabic and Ethiopic text editions and Ethiopian history.

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