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On June 14, 1325 (give or take), a 21 year old Morocccan man of the Lawata Berber tribe named Abu Abdullah Muhammad ibn Abdullah ibn Muhammad ibn Ibrahim al-Lawati Ibn Battuta set out from Tangier on what promised to be a 16 month trek to Mecca to make the Hajj. Ibn Battuta wouldn’t see home again until 1349, after a journey that took him all the way to China. He then left again on a five year trek that took him north to al-Andalus and south to Mali. Please join me in recounting his remarkable travels.

Our journey will take us across multiple outlets. Our main home will be on Twitter, where we'll follow Ibn Battuta's journey with frequent updates. On Facebook, we'll follow along but in a different way, with less frequent but more detailed posts about the journey. We'll be using WordPress for longer essays (some available to the public, some only to Patreon subscribers) that go deeper into the places and peoples Ibn Battuta encountered along the way.

And of course there's Patreon, where you'll have the chance to support this project and get access to exclusive content like those subscriber-only WordPress essays I mentioned above, Q&A threads where I'll try to respond to your questions about Ibn Battuta and his travels, and maybe even the occasional podcast. A monthly pledge of $2 gets you access to that material.

Thanks for reading, and I hope to see you along the way!

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