Ibn Rusta, Abu Ali Ahmad Ibn Umar

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Ibn Rusta, Abu Ali Ahmad Ibn Umar


Arab scholar and encyclopedist of the late ninth and early tenth century.

A Persian by birth, ibn Rusta wrote The Book of Precious Necklaces, of which only the seventh volume, containing valuable information about the peoples of the Near and Middle East and Eastern Europe, is extant.


Kitab al-A’lak an-nafisa VII, autore Abu Ali Ahmed ibn Omar ibn Rosteh. Edited by M. J. de Goeje. Leiden, 1892. (Bibliotheca Geographorum Arabicorum, pars. 7.)


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