"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. The narrative of these travels has been known to specialists in Islamic and medieval history for years. Ross E. Dunn's retelling of these tales, however, is the first work of scholarship to make the legendary traveler's story accessible to a general audience."
Includes bibliographical references (pages 325-342) and index
Introduction -- Tangier -- The Maghrib -- The Mamluks -- Mecca -- Persia and Iraq -- The Arabian Sea -- Anatolia -- The Steppe -- Delhi -- Malabar and the Maldives -- China -- Home -- Mali -- The Rihla