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"To the sound of drums, trumpets and bugles". Ibn Battuta in Constantinople
Journal Title: STORIA URBANA  
Author/s: Patrizia Manduchi 
Year:  2015 Issue: 146 Language: Italian 
Pages:  23 Pg. 15-37 FullText PDF:  211 KB
DOI:  10.3280/SU2015-146002
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The essay aims to follow the footsteps of the great Moroccan traveller Abu ‘Abdallah Ibn Battûta (1304-1368), with special reference to his stop in the city of Constantinople in 1332. After having performed the rites of the most important pillar of the Muslim faith, the hajj, in November 1326, the young Ibn Battûta did not come back home to Morocco, but decided to take advantage of a caravan directed to Kufa (1327), bringing the pilgrims to the east. So he began his extraordinary journey to the boundless Asia. His journey is described in detail in his famous riḥla, that means travel diary, a precious instrument of knowledge of the lands and peoples he visited. The aim of the riḥla is to describe the vastness and variety of the lands of Islam, to provide a useful description to those who will follow the same paths and to celebrate the greatness of Islam, which included exterminated territories, different populations and cultures linked by belonging to the virtual community called umma, based on a religion whose centre was hundreds, if not thousands of miles away. From this huge amount of information, our intention is to extract some pages of Ibn Battûta’s riḥla that give us a surprising and interesting description of a brief, but important moment: the entry in the heart of Eastern Christianity, when Ibn Battûta is no longer a Muslim who travels in distant but Muslim lands, but a foreigner, "infi del", which needs protection in Christian land. Starting from the territories of the Golden Horde, Transoxiana and Afghanistan, taking advantage of an unexpected circumstance, he will visit the city of Constantinople, the legendary capital of the Byzantine Empire, performing in 1332 his unique excursion (except China), into a non Muslim land in his thirty years voyage.
Keywords: Ibn Battuta travel rihla Costantinople

Patrizia Manduchi, "To the sound of drums, trumpets and bugles". Ibn Battuta in Constantinople in "STORIA URBANA " 146/2015, pp. 15-37, DOI:10.3280/SU2015-146002

   

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