One of the greatest travelers of his age, Sheikh Ibn Battuta began a pilgrimage to Mecca in 1326 that ended 27 years and 75,000 miles later. His engrossing account of that journey provides vivid details of an odyssey that took him from Tangier to East Africa, southern Russia, India, China, and other areas of the Middle and Far East. A primary source for the history and geography of the medieval Arab world, this reprint of a rare and important work will be welcomed by students and scholars for its inherent historical value.--publisher's description. He journeyed farther than his near contemporary Marco Polo, though Muslim scholar Ibn Battuta is barely remembered at all compared to that legendary traveler. But Battuta's story is just as fascinating, as this 1829 translation of his diaries, by British Orientalist Rev. Samuel Lee, demonstrates. Embarking on what would eventually be a 27-year pilgrimage, Battuta traveled through East Africa, the Middle East, India, China, and beyond, bringing him to most of the 14th-century Islamic world. Rife with beautiful descriptions of the exotic peoples he met and landscapes he saw, this little-known classic of medieval literature will enthrall scholars of Islamic history and armchair travelers alike.--back cover.