INDIA –THROUGH THE EYES OF TRAVELLERS
PART -1 AL-BIRUNI
or driven by sense ofadventure.Then in new land they note carefully all the activities which were taken from granted by indigenous writers and people for whom these were routine matters not worthy of being recorded .It is this difference in perspective that makes the accounts of travllers interesting .
In this topic we are going to discuss about some notable travellers
AL-BIRUNI AND THE KITAB-UL-HIND
Style of writing of AL-Biruni –Generally Al Biruni adopted a distinctive structure in each chapter beginning with a question,following this up with a description based on Sanskritic traditions and concluding with comparision with other cultures.
For whom AL-Biruni wrote –As THE KITAB-UL-HIND was in Arabic language Al Biruni probably intended his work peoples living along the frontiers of the subcontinent.
AL-BIRUNI –OVERCOMING BARRIERS TO UNDERSTANDING
Each traveller adopted distinct strategies to understand what they observed .
AL BIRUNI discussed several barriers that he felt hinder understanding .
First barrier -Language According to him Sanskrit was different from Arabic and Persian that ideas and concepts could not be easily translated from one language into another.
Second barrier -The differences in religious beliefs and practices.
Third Barrier-The self- absorption ( preoccupation with oneself )
consequent insularity of the local people.
AL-BIRUNI tried to explain the caste system by looking for parallels
in other societies.
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