Synopses & Reviews
In 1326, Ibnand#160;Battuta began a pilgrimage to Meccaand#160;that ended 27 years and 75,000 miles later. His engrossing account of that journey provides vivid scenes fromand#160;Morocco, southern Russia, India, China, and elsewhere. "Essential reading . . . the ultimate in real life adventure stories." and#151; History in Review.
The Arab equivalent of Marco Polo, Sheikh Ibn Battuta (1304-77) set out as a young man on a pilgrimage to Mecca that ended 27 years and 75,000 miles later.
The only medieval traveler known to have visited the lands of every Muslim ruler of his time, Ibn Battuta was born into a family of highly respected religious judges and educated as a theologian. Leaving his native city of Tangier in 1326, he traveled over the next several years to East Africa, Byzantium, Iraq, southern Russia, India, Ceylon, and China. His account of the journey, dictated on his return, not only provides vivid accounts of an odyssey that took him to exotic lands, but also describes in great detail Muslim maritime activities in the Middle and Far East, fascinating elements of foreign architecture, and agricultural activities of diverse cultures.
A rare and important work covering the geography and history of the medieval Arab world, this primary sourcebook will be welcomed by students and scholars for its inherent historical value."
One of the greatest travelers of his age, Battuta began a pilgrimage to Mecca in 1326 that ended 27 years and 75,000 miles later. His engrossing account of that journey provides vivid details of an odyssey that took him from Tangier to East Africa, southern Russia, India, China, and other areas.