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“In 1325, the Moroccan traveller Ibn Battutah set out on a pilgrimage from Tangiers to Mecca. In this charming account, Arabic scholar Mackintosh-Smith attempts to retrace Ibn Battutah's route on the first stage of his journey, travelling from Tangiers to Constantinople via Egypt, Syria, Oman, Anatolia, and the Crimea. Mackintosh-Smith writes with delectable wit, offering a fascinating glimpse into both the present-day and 14th-century Islamic worlds. Recommended.”
- Library Journal (US)

“The author, a British Arabist who has lived in Yemen for the past 17 years, traces the footsteps of an extraordinary, but relatively unknown, medieval explorer. Ibn Battutah (1304-1368) grew up in Tangier within an educated family. At the age of 21, he went on a pilgrimage to Mecca and spent 30 years traveling throughout the Middle and Far East. When Mackintosh-Smith happened on a translated version of Battutah's travels, he was hooked and decided to make the same journey. This volume covers only the first part of Battutah's path, from Tangier to Constantinople, but has enough excitement, exotic details and information to satisfy the most exacting armchair traveller. Throughout this narrative, Mackintosh-Smith provides enough anecdotes about Battutah's knowledge of aphrodisiacs, the foods he ate, the hardships he endured, the people he met and, most tellingly, the wonders he beheld to bring this unique daredevil and his times to life.”
- Publishers Weekly (US)

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Paperback 2012.

351 pages.

Near new condition.

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