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Johann Ludwig Burckhardt

Sites connected with the Swiss-born traveller and Orientalist Johann Ludwig Burckhardt (aka Sheikh Ibrahim Ibn Abdallah). Web editions of his travel journals are available as follows :-
"Travels in Syria and the Holy land" http://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/b/burckhardt/john_lewis/syria/
"Travel in Nubia" http://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/b/burckhardt/john_lewis/nubia/
Dates of visits are from these journals together with links to the correct book/chapter. A shorter narration of his travels is in http://www.saudiaramcoworld.com/issue/196705/shaikh.burckhardt.explorer.htm

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Connected Sites

  • Aleppo: Burkhardt's base from 1809/12 after being accepted by the "Association for Promoting the Discovery of the Interior Parts of Africa" or "African Association" to penetrate the central and western Sudan. Perfected his Arabic there, adopted an Arabian persona and probably genuinely converted to Islam.
  • Baalbek: Sept 28th - Oct 1 1810  Link
  • Meroe: Burckhardt noticed the ruins of the town in 1814, but he underestimated their importance (nom file)
  • Nubian Monuments: "rediscovered" Abu Simbel on 22 March 1813  Link
  • Palmyra: (Tadmor) July 1810 Link
  • Petra: Rediscovered on Aug 22 1812. Burkhardt used a "trick" to gain entrance claiming that he had to sacrifice a goat in honour of Haroun (Aaron)  Link
  • Qadisha Valley: Oct 2nd - 4th 1810 Link
  • Saint Catherine Area: May 18th -21st 1816  Link

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