By Ibn Khurradādhbih, Sulaymān al-Tājir, trans. S. Maqbūl Aḥmad
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The original POrt of Kedah was located up the then broad estuary of the Kuala Merbok, nOw swamp-filled, entering the sea at some distance above Penang Island. Kedah was widely used by Indian traders from the early centuries of the Christian era and probably from the eighth century by Muslim Arabs and Persians. The port continued to be used by both Arabs and Chinese up to the fourteenth century Gohn F. Cady, Southeast Asia, p. 30 and Note 18). S. ':; (Ibn M ajid ) is the Malay State of Kedah (Tibberrs, Arab Navigation, p.
Lndo-Arab Relations, p p . 1 2 5-26), (58) AI-Biriini says that the law of theft directed that the punishment of the thief should be in accordance with the value of the stolen object. So, sometimes a punishment of extreme or middling severity is necessary, sometimes a course of correction and imposing a payment, sometimes only ex posing to public shame and ridicule. , l l , p. 162). According to AI-Maqdisi, the thief, robber and one who commits rape on the minors are punished with fire, but sometimes, however, they use the pole which consists of sharpening the edge of rod and intro ducing it to the bottom of the accused (Le Livre de la Creation et de I' Histoire, iv, 1 0 ; cf.
According to Marvazl, the Chinese used a vehicle which could be made to move and stop with men sitting on it (Marvazl, p p . 1 5-16). This was probably the first mechanical vehicle invented by them. 'The origin of the t erm fakk uj cannot be traced. (35) Abii Zayd al-I;Iasan al-Sirafi, who edited Akhbar al SIn wa 'l-Hind, says that he found practically everything mentioned in the book correct and true except the statement that when the food was placed near the dead body at night it was not found there the next morning, which made them [Chinese] claim that the deceased ate the food.
Arabic classical accounts of India and China by Ibn Khurradādhbih, Sulaymān al-Tājir, trans. S. Maqbūl Aḥmad