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Safarnama is a travel journal written during the 11th century by Nasir Khusraw (1003-1077). It is also known as the Book of Travels and was a work that shaped the future of classical Persian travel writing.[citation needed] A travel journal, or road journal or travelogue , is an initially blank book carried by a traveler for the purpose of documenting a journey. ... As a means of recording the passage of time, the 11th century was that century which lasted from 1001 to 1100. ... Nasir Khusraw (also written as Nasir Khusrao or Nasir-i-Khusraw) was a scholar, Persian poet and an Ismaili Pir or theologian, who was especially well-known in the northern areas of Pakistan, parts of China, Afghanistan and Central Asia. ... Persian (local name: Fārsī or Pārsī ) is an Indo-European language spoken in Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan and by minorities in Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Pakistan, India, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Southern Russia, neighboring countries, and elsewhere. ...

It is an account of Khusraw's seven year journey through the Islamic world. He initially set out on a Hajj, the obligatory Pilgrimage to Mecca. Departing in 1046, Khusraw took a less than direct route, heading north toward the Caspian Sea. Throughout his travels he kept a minutely detailed journal which clearly describes many facets of life in the Islamic world of the 11th Century. The Islamic world is the world-wide community of those who identify with Islam, known as Muslims, and who number approximately one-and-a-half billion people. ... Traditionally, pilgrims travel to Mecca in groups with their friends or family, or people from their local mosque as an expression of unity. ... Pilgrim at Mecca In religion and spirituality, a pilgrimage is a long journey or search of great moral significance. ... This article is about the city in Saudi Arabia. ... The Caspian Sea is the largest lake on Earth by both area and volume,[1] with a surface area of 371,000 square kilometres (143,244 mi²) and a volume of 78,200 cubic kilometres (18,761 mi³).[2] It is a landlocked endorheic body of water and lies between...



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