Ibn Hawqal

Full name: 
Muḥammad Abū’l-Qāsim Ibn Ḥawqal
Arabic name: 
محمد أبو القاسم بن حوقل
Date of death: 
988

In the year 972 (361 A.H.) the Muslim merchant and traveller, Ibn Hawqal, visited the island of Sicily (Siqiliya). The description of his visit, taken from his larger work, Kitab al-masalik wa-l-mamalik, is limited to the city of Palermo and its environs. At the end of the chapter on Sicily, the author states that he had written a book on Sicily. Unfortunately, such a book had yet to be discovered.

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