According to Islam’s earliest prophetic tradition, travel as training and a source of knowledge was advocated by the prophet Mohammed himself; he urged believers to travel far and wide in their search for wisdom and knowledge. One of the quotations attributed to him is “Seek knowledge even unto China.” The reader of Ibn Battuta’s fascinating travelogue discovers and experiences the full character of this literary genre, the “rihla”, which designates both the journey and the narrative of that journey. The genre can be traced back to the writings of Ibn Jubayr (1145-1217), the first great Muslim traveller from al-Andalus (Xativa, Valencia).
In the Muslim world Ibn Battuta had the same significance as Marco Polo in Western countries. A relentless traveller, he deeply changed the perception of the Orient among his contemporaries and the following generations.
Morocco, Mali, Egypt, Yemen, Zanzibar, India, The Maldives, China. This non-exhaustive list gives us a hint about the extraordinary journey Jordi Savall invites us to. As usual, Jordi Savall is surrounded by the best experts.