Ibn Battuta was a young law student when he decided the time was right for him to make the Hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca that all Muslims are urged to make as part of their faith. At the time — 1325 — the journey was a long one made on foot, on camel, on boat and often a combination of all three. Owing to a rebellion, bandits, weather and his own wanderlust, Ibn Battuta's first Hajj took eighteen months; he eventually completed the pilgrim's journey five times, covered the breadth of the Muslim empire and Southeast Asia and didn't return... More >>>