By Ibn Khurradādhbih, Sulaymān al-Tājir, trans. S. Maqbūl Aḥmad
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65. ( 4 ) I This is the liay o f Bengal (see Maqbul, Idrisi, p. 1 1 3). The name is derived from Skt. Harikeliya representing eastern Bengal, but, in the opinion of Filliozat, it may h(we some rela tion with the Tami! word arikandam which represents one of the nine divisions of the world by the Indians (Akhblir, p. 35, 4/2). ' Larvi [ Lata, for G u j a rat) was the name given to t h e , I 60 A rabic Classical Accounts of India and China eastern section of the Arabian Sea (see Maqbul, Idr,si, p.
Between the king and its [outer end] there is a distance of about one farsakh. So if the cord is shaken even slightly the bell starts ringing. Thus, when any person who has been an object of injustice shakes this cord, the bell near the ruler startS ringing. So he is allowed to enter [the palace) to relate personally what the matter is and to explain the wrong done to him. Throughout the land it is like this. (43) Anyone intending to travel from one place to the other has to have twO documents: one from the king and the other from the eunuch.
The term sa m a k p. days' journey [by Akhbiir AI-SIn wa'I-Hind 65 [fish] used for it is inappropriate (Sauvaget, Akhbai; p. 47, 1 912). 'This is the ordinary crab found in the South Sea which, when it grows old, transforms itself into stone (Fou Kong quoted by Sauvaget, Akhbiir, p. 47, 1 9/3). s! places this island close to al-Anjiya Island, one of the islands of al-Ranaj (al-Zabaj Java) of which the inhabitants were called al-Anquja. , Nuzhat, Rome/ Naples, pp. 6 1 -62). The exact location of this volcanic island = i s not fixed.
Arabic classical accounts of India and China by Ibn Khurradādhbih, Sulaymān al-Tājir, trans. S. Maqbūl Aḥmad