An African Journey: To Kilwa in the Footsteps of Ibn Battûta | Hartford Seminary

An African Journey: To Kilwa in the Footsteps of Ibn Battûta

In 1329, the famous Moroccan traveler Ibn Battûta sailed to the East-African city of Kilwa (now in southern Tanzania). Kilwa was then one of the important harbors of the Indian Ocean sea trade dominated by Muslims and linking Arabia, Africa and India. Despite its destruction by the Portuguese at the beginning of the 16th century, it still has impressive architectural remains that testify to the vitality of its sultanate at the time of Ibn Battûta.

Based on a recent personal trip to Kilwa in the footsteps of the Moroccan traveler, this richly illustrated  lecture by Professor Emeritus Yahya Michot explores the golden age, and the tragic destiny, of a too-often disregarded region of the pre-modern Islamic world.

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