The kingdom nearest to it is Cumayn, and great is this kingdom, though the whole of it is not for habitation. Part of it is exceeding cold, so that no one can dwell there, and
p.279part is exceeding hot, so that one cannot live in it. Rare in that country is a tree that bears fruit. And in that country, for want of firewood or turf, the dung of the cows is used as fuel. And there are no houses save tents.