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What is the Rihla travel literature?

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What is the Rihla travel literature?

Accounts of travel from the Maghreb to the rest of the world have given birth to a particular literary genre known as rihla. Over the centuries Maghribi scholars traveled to the Mashriq for religious purposes, namely to accompish pilgrimage (rihla hijaziya). Others recorded their travel experience to European countries when they were part of official embassies (rihla sifariya). In both cases the writers of these travel accounts wanted to share their experience with their countrymen and underline how much their culture was different. Today scholars from different disciplines resort to these travel accounts which are a mine of information that...

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