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Medieval Sourcebook: Ibn Battuta: Travels in Asia and Africa 132... http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/source/1354-ibnbattuta.html Back to Medieval Source Book | ORB Main Page | Links to Other Medieval Sites | Medieval Sourcebook: Ibn Battuta: Travels in Asia and Africa 1325-1354 Here begins Ibn Battuta's travels p. 43 I left Tangier, my birthplace, on Thursday, 2nd Rajab 725 [June 14, 1325], being at that time twenty-two years of age [22 lunar years; 21 and 4 months by solar reckoning], with the
  Medieval Sourcebook: Ibn Battuta: Travels in Asia and Africa 132...http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/source/1354-ibnbattuta.html1 of 16310/19/2006 3:55 AM Back to Medieval Source Book|ORB Main Page|Links to Other Medieval Sites| Medieval Sourcebook:Ibn Battuta: Travels inAsia and Africa 1325-1354 Here begins Ibn Battuta's travels p. 43 I left Tangier, my birthplace, on Thursday, 2ndRajab 725 [June 14, 1325], being at that timetwenty-two years of age [22 lunar years; 21and 4 months by solar reckoning], with theintention of making the Pilgrimage to the HolyHouse [at Mecca] and the Tomb of the Prophet[at Medina].I set out alone, finding no companion to cheerthe way with friendly intercourse, and noparty of travellers with whom to associatemyself. Swayed by an overmastering impulsewithin me, and a long-cherished desire to visit  Medieval Sourcebook: Ibn Battuta: Travels in Asia and Africa 132...http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/source/1354-ibnbattuta.html2 of 16310/19/2006 3:55 AM those glorious sanctuaries, I resolved to quit allmy friends and tear myself away from myhome. As my parents were still alive, itweighed grievously upon me to part fromthem, and both they and I were afflicted withsorrow.On reaching the city of Tilimsan [Tlemsen],whose sultan at that time was Abu Tashifin, Ifound there two ambassadors of the Sultan ofTunis, who left the city on the same day that Iarrived. One of the brethren having advisedme to accompany them, I consulted the will ofGod in this matter, and after a stay of threedays in the city to procure all that I needed, Irode after them with all speed. I overtookthem at the town of Miliana, where we stayedten days, as both ambassadors fell sick onaccount of the summer heats. When we set outagain, one of them grew worse, and died afterwe had stopped for three nights by a streamfour miles from Miliana. I left their party thereand pursued my journey, with a company ofmerchants from Tunis. Ibn Battuta travels overland from  Medieval Sourcebook: Ibn Battuta: Travels in Asia and Africa 132...http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/source/1354-ibnbattuta.html3 of 16310/19/2006 3:55 AM Algiers to Tunis pp. 43-45. On reaching al-Jaza'ir [Algiers] we haltedoutside the town for a few days, until theformer party rejoined us, when we went ontogether through the Mitija [the fertile plainbehind Algiers] to the mountain of Oaks[Jurjura] and so reached Bijaya [Bougiel.The commander of Bijaya at this time was thechamberlain Ibn Sayyid an-Nas. Now one ofthe Tunisian merchants of our party had diedleaving three thousand dinars of gold, whichhe had entrusted to a certain man of Algiers todeliver to his heirs at Tunis. Ibn Sayyid an-Nascame to hear of this and forcibly seized themoney. This was the first instance I witnessedof the tyranny of the agents of the Tunisiangovernment.At Bijaya I fell ill of a fever, and one of myfriends advised me to stay there till Irecovered. But I refused, saying, If Goddecrees my death, it shall be on the road withmy face set toward Mecca. If that is yourresolve, he replied, sell your ass and your  Medieval Sourcebook: Ibn Battuta: Travels in Asia and Africa 132...http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/source/1354-ibnbattuta.html4 of 16310/19/2006 3:55 AM heavy baggage, and I shall lend you what yourequire. In this way you will travel light, forwe must make haste on our journey, for fear ofmeeting roving Arabs on the way. I followedhis advice and he did as he hadpromised--may God reward him!On reaching Qusantinah [Constantine] wecamped outside the town, but a heavy rainforced us to leave our tents during the nightand take refuge in some houses there. Nextday the governor of the city came to meet us.Seeing my clothes all soiled by the rain hegave orders that they should be washed at hishouse, and in place of my old worn headclothsent me a headcloth of fine Syrian cloth, in oneof the ends of which he had tied two golddinars. This was the first alms I received onmy journey.From Qusantinah we reached Bona [Bone]where, after staying in the town for severaldays, we left the merchants of our party onaccount of the dangers of the road, while wepursued our journey with the utmost speed. Iwas again attacked by fever, so I tied myself in
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