Naser Khosraw, a Persian poet, Isma’ili philosopher and traveller, was born in Qubadiyan, Iran in the year 1004 AD / 394 AH. From a family of officials and landowners, Naser Khosraw – Abu Mu’in Nasir ibn Khusraw ibn Harith Al-Qubaditani – is well known for his travel accounts entitled Safarnama (Books of Travels). His experiences span seven years, from 1046 AD / 437 AH to 1052 AD / 443 AH, providing comprehensive accounts of many cities of the Islamic world during the 11th century. Safarnama marked a spiritual transformation for Naser Khosraw. At the age of 42, he decided to leave a courtly life and headed to Cairo, a city that offered him the opportunity and protection to become an Isma’ili scholar. On his way to Cairo, he visited Mecca to perform his first Hajj pilgrimage.
Extracted from the book: En Route to Mecca – Pilgrims’ Voices Throughout the Centuries
Publisher: Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia
(This book is published in conjunction with the En Route to Mecca: Pilgrims’ Voices Throughout the Centuries exhibition, launched in October 2009.)