Wednesday, February 18, 2009
A new IMAX movie, "Journey to Mecca, In the Footsteps of Ibn Battuta" recounts the adventures of the legendary traveler, Ibn Battuta, in the year 1325, as he traveled 3000 miles through the deserts of North Africa to Mecca in order to perform the Hajj.
The closest venue for the movie is in Dearborn, MI at the Henry Ford IMAX. For the world travelers in the audience, it is also playing in Montreal, Paris, Toronto, Jakarta and Abu Dhabi (in case you needed an excuse to visit those cities).
It looks really good from the trailers and they have a facebook page as well with pictures and more information.
Ibn Battuta published an account of his travels in Arabic and numerous translations are available. I also found an English translation, via Google Books, of an abridged version by Samuel Lee, who was a professor of Arabic at Cambridge in the 1800s available freely for your reading pleasure.