Gog and Magog in early Eastern Christian and Islamic sources

Author

Schmidt, Andrea Barbara, 1959‒

Donzel, Emeri Johannes van, 1925‒2017

Date of creation
2009 Gregorian
Preferred title
Gog and Magog in early Eastern Christian and Islamic sources English
Work type
Aggregating work
Work manifested
Monograph
Work genre
Textual work
Audience

Adult, serious

Summary

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, also this story pays witness to the influence of the Syriac Christian tradition on Koran and Muslim Traditions.

Edition in English
Year
2010
Related person

Ott, Claudia, 1968‒

Monograph
Gog and Magog in early Eastern Christian and Islamic sources : Sallam's quest for Alexander's wall
Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2010
Call number
9-265-92