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The Fortress of the Raven by Marcus Milwright pdf free download

The Fortress of the Raven by Marcus Milwright pdf free download. From the mid twelfth century to the present day Karak has played an
important role in the political and economic life of Jordan. The massive fortress located at the southern end of the old town must have been a familiar, if forbidding, sight for merchants and travellers using the southern section of the King’s Highway (darb al-malik) during the Crusader, Ayyubid, Mamluk and Ottoman periods.

The Fortress of the Raven by Marcus Milwright pdf free download

For those performing the ajj from Damascus the stop at the village of Thāniyya, located just east of Karak, was a valuable chance to buy provisions from local traders and villagers before taking the road south and then east towards Ma{ān, and thence into the Arabian desert. One such pilgrim on the arduous trek south to the Holy Cities of Mecca and Medina was the famous Maghribī adventurer Muammad b. {Abd Allāh ibn Ba¢¢ū¢a (d. 1377).

The Fortress of the Raven by Marcus Milwright pdf free download

Karak evidently made a lasting impression on Ibn Ba¢¢ū¢a for he provides the following description in his travelogue:
Then the travellers came to the castle of Karak which is one of the most marvellous, most inaccessible and most celebrated of castles. It is called the ‘Fortress of the Raven’ (iÉn al-ghurāb). It seems to be surrounded on all sides by valleys, and has one gate, the entrance of which is hewn in the solid rock, as also is the entrance to its vestibule (dihlīz). This fortress is used by kings as a place of refuge in times of calamity.

The Fortress of the Raven by Marcus Milwright pdf free download

The Fortress of the Raven by Marcus Milwright pdf free download


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