Travels in Nubia

  • Title: Travels in Nubia
  • Author: John Lewis Burckhardt
  • ISBN: 9781850771722
  • Page: 406
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Travels in Nubia John Lewis Burckhardt was a Swiss explorer who is best remembered for his rediscovery of the ancient city of Petra in modern Jordan In he was commissioned by the African Association to
    John Lewis Burckhardt 1784 1817 was a Swiss explorer who is best remembered for his rediscovery of the ancient city of Petra in modern Jordan In 1809 he was commissioned by the African Association to discover the source of the River Niger Posing as a Muslim convert, Burckhardt spent two years exploring and studying Arabic and Islamic law in Aleppo, before travelling wiJohn Lewis Burckhardt 1784 1817 was a Swiss explorer who is best remembered for his rediscovery of the ancient city of Petra in modern Jordan In 1809 he was commissioned by the African Association to discover the source of the River Niger Posing as a Muslim convert, Burckhardt spent two years exploring and studying Arabic and Islamic law in Aleppo, before travelling widely in Arabia and Egypt This volume, first published posthumously in 1819, contains Burckhardt s account of his two visits to Nubia modern Upper Egypt and Sudan in 1813 and 1814 Burckhardt was the first western scholar to explore the Sudanese Nile valley, and one of the first western explorers successfully to cross the Nubian Desert In this valuable volume, he describes in fascinating detail the many ancient ruins along the Nile and the logistics and hardships of his desert crossing.

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    About John Lewis Burckhardt


    1. Johann Ludwig also known as John Lewis, Jean Louis Burckhardt November 24, 1784 October 15, 1817 was a Swiss English traveller and orientalist He wrote his letters in French and signed Louis He is best known for rediscovering the ruins of the city of Petra in Jordan.During his residence in Syria, Burckhardt visited Palmyra, Damascus, Lebanon and made a series of other exploratory trips in the region One of these trips, in what is now modern day Jordan, resulted in his discovery of the extensive and unique ruins of Petra which had been undiscovered for nearly a millennium Unsatisfied with the magnitude of this discovery he was determined to carry on with his original aim to uncover the source of the River Niger Thus he in 1812 went to Cairo with the intention of joining a caravan to Fezzan, in Libya.Burckhardt temporarily abandoned this goal to travel up the Nile as far as Dar Mahass and then, finding it impossible to penetrate westward, he made a journey through the Nubian desert in the character of a poor Syrian merchant, passing by Berber and Shendi to Suakin, on the Red Sea, whence he performed the pilgrimage to Mecca by way of Jidda At Mecca he stayed three months and afterwards visited Medina.After enduring privations and sufferings of the severest kind, he returned to Cairo in June 1815 in a state of great exhaustion but in the spring of 1816 he travelled to Mount Sinai, whence he returned to Cairo in June, and there again made preparations for his intended journey to Fezzan Several hindrances prevented his prosecuting this intention, and finally, in April 1817, when the long expected caravan prepared to depart, he was seized by dysentery 2 and died on 15 October He had from time to time carefully transmitted to England his journals and notes, and a copious series of letters, so very few details of his journeys have been lost He bequeathed his collection of 800 volumes of oriental manuscripts to the library of Cambridge University.


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