February 28, 2012

How Islam Has Fallen from Its Golden Age

Ali Khaled, The National

AP Photo

Did you know that Saturday marked the 706th birthday of Abu Abdullah Muhammad Ibn Abdullah Al Lawati Al Tanji Ibn Battuta? Yes, that Ibn Battuta.

Google did, celebrating the explorer's birthday with a "doodle" that depicted his travels through six slides, starting in Morocco and leading to Egypt, Turkey, India, China and other countries. The last slide shows Ibn Battuta back home in Morocco recounting tales from what would become his book Rihla, or "The Journey".

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