The Adventures of Ibn Battuta

by Jonathan 2 Comments

I’m very excited about this early Christmas gift from my wife:

Known as the greatest traveler of premodern times, Abu Abdallah ibn Battuta was born in Morocco in 1304 and educated in Islamic law. At the age of twenty-one, he left home to make the holy pilgrimage to Mecca. This was only the first of a series of extraordinary journeys that spanned nearly three decades and took him not only eastward to India and China but also north to the Volga River valley and south to Tanzania.

What’s not to like?

In addition, I received The Arabian Nights (Norton Critical Edition), Jeff and Ann VanderMeer’s Steampunk anthology, The Iron Council by China Mieville, All My Friends Are Going to be Strangers by Larry McMurtry, The Hero Has a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell and Cruising Paradise: Tales by Sam Shepard.

Before I get to reading, let me leave you with this trailer for Journey to Mecca:

Comments ( 2 )

  1. ReplyStephanie
    Pretty bookish! Sounds like a wonder of wonders!
    • ReplyJonathan
      Should be good. I just read through the intro material. This guy did some serious traveling all over medieval the Middle, Near and Far East. It'll be nice to get a different perspective on that time (second quarter of the fourteenth century).

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