Ibn Battuta set off to make Hajj and became the traveler of his age
during the fourteenth century in a time before Columbus, when many believed the world was flat.
Like Marco Polo, Ibn Battuta left behind an incredible account of his journey from Morocco to China, from the steppes of Russia to the shores of Tanzania, some seventy-five thousand miles in all.
The author has retold Ibn Battuta's story in word and pictures, adding the element of ancient Arab maps - maps as colorful and evocative as a Persian miniature, as intricate and mysterious as a tiled Moroccan wall.
Into this arabesque of pictures and maps is woven the story not just of a traveler in a world long gone but of a man on his journey through life. A beauty of a book!