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11-2, 631-632. Ch . FTB CENTURY 23 figure in this field in the twelfth century was at-Tughra'i, •• who was put to death about 1121 on a charge of atheism. Several factors spurred Arab interest in geography. There was the need of Moslem communities to determine the direction of the Ka'bah both for orienting mosques toward it and for the individual faithful to face it at the time of prayer; the interest in establishing correct latitudes and longitudes for astrological purposes and practice; the practical problems of pilgrims from the whole eastern hemisphere, traveling to Medina and Mecca; and the normal demands of commerce and trade by land and sea.

Another of his works is a seven-volume history of his own times, including his autobiography, Al-barq ash-sha'mi (The Syrian lightning); only one of the seven volumes, dealing with the years 11821184, is now extant. Al-'lmad, as al-I$fahAni is commonly known, was a stylist of the first order, whose literary rema1ns are esteemed by modern critics. An exception to the general trend toward local and dynastic histories was the work of one of the most versatile and prolific authors in Islam, the renowned abii-1-Faraj 'Abd-ar-Ral)man Ibn-al-Jauzl (d.

Ibn-Jubair mentions seeing it in his Ril;loh. lwan, the son of Mul;lammad, repaired and improved the clock, and in 1203 wrote a book to explain its construction and use. wiin's work is the most important source on early Arab clocks. wisps, the "philosopher's stone" by which base metals could be transmuted into gold or silver, and the "elixir of life" by which life could be indefinitely prolonged. The most important 76. 77. 78. 79. 80. , 11· 1, 216. Cf. , l, 337- 338. , 11·1, 298; 11·2 (Baltimore, 1931), 632.

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