Tehran, YJC. -- At the 6th General Meeting of UNESCO’s the Memory of the World Committee for Asia-Pacific (MOWCAP) a precious document, the Persian ancient book ‘Al-Masaalik Wa Al-Mamaalik’, which affirms the originality of the name, Persian Gulf, was registered.
According to Iran Book News Agency (IBNA)correspondent, the 6th General Meeting of the Memory of the World Committee for Asia-Pacific held from 13 to 15 May 2014 in Guangzhou, China. As well as 'Al-Masaalik Wa Al-Mamaalik' written by Abu Eshaq Ebrahim bin Muhammad Farsi Estakhri, 3 other Iranian works were also registered: ‘The Soul of the Reef’ documentary film, ‘Vendidad’ and ‘the Collections of Documents and Images of Karbala’.
‘Al-Masaalik Wa Al-Mamaalik’ which was written in 950s by Estakhri, who in a similar vein to the other geographers and travelers of the Islamic world, elaborates on numerous subjects in his work which were derived from his studies and observations in a detailed manner.
The book provides valuable information on the Islamic lands, particularly about Iran for researchers and scholars and does not suffice to simply geography but also gives information on economic issues, agriculture and handicrafts.
‘Al-Masaalik Wa Al-Mamaalik’ which contains geographical maps was first printed by Dakuyeh in 1870, and other printed version of the book was presented in 1972. The next printed version was the result of researches made by Muhammad Jaber Abd al-Al al-Hosayni (PhD) which was published in 1961 by Torasona Publication in Cairo.