What does he say about Pakistan? And before you even open your mouth there was no country called India either.These are accounts of Sulaiman al-Tajir, the Persian merchant who traveled to both India & China in the year 850 AD.
Sulaiman al-Tajir, the Persian merchant who traveled to both India & China sometime in the year 850 CE made some interesting observations on both countries. He starts by saying India is twice the size of China, but not as densely populated.
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He says the chinese had no religious science of their own. Each of their philosophies was borrowed from India. The chinese held Indians as their teachers. (2)
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On differences between how houses were built. Chinese mostly used wood. Indians built houses made of stones, plaster & bricks. (3)
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Regarding personal hygiene. Indians paid high importance to bathing everyday, sometimes several times in a day & also oral hygiene. Indians wouldn't eat without cleaning mouth. Also the Chinese were NOT known to clean up after doing the (4)
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On dietary & praying habits. 1) Rice was the staple diet of both countries.
2) Sulaiman found chinese praying style closer to his own religion
3) Indians grew long facial hair. (5)
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Note: All these were recorded when India was being ruled by 3 great empires. Pratihara, Pala & Rashtrakuta.