Ibn Battuta was a traveler from Morocco that went on a hajj, or pilgrimage, to see Mecca during the 1300s. He continued beyond Mecca to India, China, and many of the southern Pacific Oceans.
In this story, the author uses many old-fashioned words for places in the world. He also references places that are important to the Muslim heritage and culture. Here are a few that will help you trace his journey on a map:
HIndu-Killing Mountains: the literal translation for the Hindu Kush mountains in Afghanistan (because they were so difficult to cross)
Land of the Blacks: referred to most of modern Africa
Kaaba: a small buidling in Mecca (Saudi Arabia) which holds a black stone. It is a sacred place for Muslims.
Monsoons: powerful rains, often in India or Bangladesh
Ocean of Darkness: An Arab name for the Atlantic Ocean
Ocean of Ignorance: a name for the Pacific Ocean (also translated as Uncharted Ocean)
Persia: an old name for Iran
plague: the bubonic plalgue or Black Death, which traveled along the SIlk Road and killed millions of people.
steppes: great grassy plains of Central Asia
Water of Life: most likely refers to China's Grand Canal
Zanj: Zanzibar and East Africa
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