Landfalls: On the Edge of Islam with Ibn Battutah

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Following on Travels with a Tangerine (a New York Times Notable book) and The Hall of a Thousand Columns, here is the third volume in the author's passionate pursuit of the 14th-century traveler who out-traveled Marco Polo

For Ibn Batuttah of Tangier, being medieval didn't mean sitting at home waiting for renaissances, enlightenments, and air travel. It meant traveling the known world to its limits. Seven centuries later, Tim Mackintosh-Smith's fascination takes him to landfalls...

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Overview

Following on Travels with a Tangerine (a New York Times Notable book) and The Hall of a Thousand Columns, here is the third volume in the author's passionate pursuit of the 14th-century traveler who out-traveled Marco Polo

For Ibn Batuttah of Tangier, being medieval didn't mean sitting at home waiting for renaissances, enlightenments, and air travel. It meant traveling the known world to its limits. Seven centuries later, Tim Mackintosh-Smith's fascination takes him to landfalls in remote tropical islands, torrid Indian Ocean ports, and dusty towns on the shores of the Saharan sand-sea. His zigzag itinerary across time and space leads from Zanzibar to the Alhambra (via the Maldives, Sri Lanka, China, Mauritania, and Guinea) and to a climactic conclusion to his quest for the man he calls "IB"—a man who who spent his days with saints and sultans and his nights with an intercontinental string of slave-concubines. Tim’s journey is a search for survivals from IB’s world—material, human, spiritual, edible—however, when your fellow traveler has a 700-year head start, familiar notions don't always work.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
For over a decade British travel writer Mackintosh-Smith has been traveling the world and shadowing 14th-century Moroccan Muslim travel writer Ibn Battutah. Mackintosh-Smith's third and final book in the series (after Travels with a Tangerine and The Hall of a Thousand Columns) is as delightful as the first two. What draws in readers is his enthusiasm and wonder as he seeks to understand Battutah and the people and places he encountered as well as the author's own experiences along the way in Tanzania and other parts of Africa, Sri Lanka, China, and, finally, Andalusia, where Battutah's travels ended. VERDICT Readers should also treat themselves to the first two titles in the series; however, this book easily stands on its own as another fantastic voyage of two distinctive travel writers. Recommended for those interested in travel, history, and Middle East study areas.—Melissa Aho, Univ. of Minnesota Lib., Minneapolis
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780719567780
  • Publisher: Murray, John Publishers, Limited
  • Publication date: 8/1/2011
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 925,062
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Tim Mackintosh-Smith's first book Yemen: Travels in Dictionary Land won the 1998 Thomas Cook Travel Book Award and is now regarded as a classic of Arabian description. His two books on Ibn Battutah's adventures in the old Islamic world and in India, Travels with a Tangerine and The Hall of a Thousand Columns, were also received to huge critical acclaim. For the past 25 years his home has been the Yemeni capital San'a.
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Table of Contents

Maps vii

Preamble: A Hole in Time 1

East 5

Tanzania: The Palace by the Sea 9

The Maldives: The Ship of Blazing Lamps 43

Sri Lanka: The View from Adam's Peak 99

China: To the Mosque of the Phoenix 165

West 223

West Africa: A Trip to the Music of Time 229

Andalusia: The Dark Matter of History 298

Postscript: Further Travels of a Tangerine 338

Acknowledgments 352

Index 355

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