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    On the Edge of Islam with Ibn Battutah

    Tim Mackintosh-Smith

    John Murray 2010

    Hardback 384pp

    9780719567872   Product Code: 16836

    Born in Tangier in 1304, the Muslim traveller Ibn Battutah explored the furthest fringes of the known world, from Spain to the steppes of Central Asia. Seven centuries later, Tim Mackintosh-Smith set out to follow in his footsteps. This, the third volume of the resulting trilogy, takes him east to Tanzania, the Maldives, Sri Lanka and China, and west across the Sahara to Andalusia, exploring the faultlines between truth and myth, past and present, Islam and idolatry.

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