Johann Ludwig Burckhardt (Biographical details)

Johann Ludwig Burckhardt (collector; Swiss; Male; 1784 - October 1817)

Also known as

Burckhardt, Johann Ludwig


Also known as Jean Louis or John Lewis. Explorer famed for his rediscovery of the Nabataean city of Petra in Jordan. Travelled extensively as a Muslim ("Sheikh Ibrahim") in Syria, Jordan, Palestine, Egypt, Nubia and accompanied the hajj as a Muslim pilgrim to Mecca. Author of: 'Travels in Nubia' (edited by W. M. Leake, 1819); 'Travels in Syria and the Holy Land' (edited by W. M. Leake, 1822); 'Travels in Arabia' (edited by Sir William Ouseley, 1829); 'Arabic Proverbs, or the Manners and Customs of the Modern Egyptians' (edited and with notes by William Ouseley, 1830); 'Notes on the bedouins and wahabys, collected during his travels in the east' (London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, 1830/31). Fought a legal battle with James Silk Buckingham (q.v.). Died and buried as a Muslim in Cairo.


Dr Carl Burckhardt-Sarasin, 'Scheik Ibrahim. Briefe an Eltern und Geschwister' (Basel 1956).
Katharine Sim, 'Jean Louis Burckhardt: A Biography' (London: Quartet, 1969).