Ibn Battuta set out from Morocco early in the fourteenth century seeking knowledge, with Mecca and Pilgrimage as ultimate destinations. By the time he sat down to narrate his adventures to be written down by scribes, he had taken four voyages covering the Mali Empire, the coast of East Africa all the way down to Mozambique, the Mamlukid Empire, the Ilkhanid Empire, the world of the Seljuks and the Great Khan’s Yuan Dynasty of China. The trip and the record left of it is important not only for the knowledge it imparts about the areas he visited, but also because of the world it opens to us in regards to connections, transfer of knowledge, movement of people, and how interconnected the world was during these medieval times.


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