1001 Journeys from
A Golden Age

with Ibn Battuta

Fascinating Journeys and Adventures from a thousand years ago

NARRATIVE

This productions takes visitors on a journey to follow quests and unravel exciting stories from an age of travel and discovery in Muslim civilisation. Where explorers and travellers like Ibn Battuta, admiral of the Chinese fleet Zheng He, master navigator Ibn Majid, Ibn Jubair and Al-Masoudi braved all elements to seek knowledge and wisdom.

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Make a difference through your actions. Explore the various ways in which you can take part in ‘Journeys and Adventures from a Golden Age’ – whether through participating in an event, setting up an event near you, helping introduce new people to amazing history or writing about an adventure from the past in your own words.

PARTNERS

1001 Journeys and Adventures from a Golden Age is produced in partnership with 1001 Inventions.

NARRATIVE

JOURNEYS AND ADVENTURES BY MASTER TRAVELLERS

This productions takes visitors on a journey to follow quests and unravel exciting stories from an age of travel and discovery in Muslim civilisation. Where explorers and travellers like Ibn Battuta, admiral of the Chinese fleet Zheng He, master navigator Ibn Majid, Ibn Jubair and Al-Masoudi braved all elements to seek knowledge and wisdom.

 

14th century famous traveller Ibn Battuta takes centre stage ravelling some of the exciting stories of his travels around the world that lasted 29 years. Sometimes called ‘The Prince of Travelers’, Ibn Battuta’s journey took him to more than 40 countries of our world today.

ASSETS

TRANS-MEDIA ASSETS

1001 Journeys reaches millions of people globally through employing trans-media production techniques – developing multiple assets for each production therefore appealing to different audience groups. This production boasts an interactive exhibition, short film, live show, activities, workshops, demonstrations and competitions.

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TAKE PART.. MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Hosting an event, organising a school fair, watching a film, or organising an awareness campaign for your friends and family are all ways in which you can take part in 1001 Journeys and Adventures from a Golden Age. Find out more details below.

THE CHARACTERS

IBN BATTUTA

A famous traveller from the 14th century. Ibn Battuta is sometimes called ‘The Prince of Travelers’. His world-famous travels lasted 29 years and took him to more than 40 countries of our world today.

IBN MAJID

Nicknamed the “Lion of the Seas”, master navigator and sailor Ahmed ibn Majid lived in Arabia in the 15th century. He was also a writer of substantial literature on celestial navigation, weather patterns and sea charts.

ZHENG HE

Zheng He, also called Cheng Ho, was a 15th-century Muslim Chinese admiral who led seven epic world voyages in the largest wooden ships ever built. His ships visited 37 countries throughout Asia, the Middle East and parts of East Africa.

PRODUCTION ASSETS

SHORT FILM

Film will take audiences on journeys to follow quests and unravel exciting stories from an age of travel and discovery in Muslim civilisation. Where explorers and travellers like Ibn Battuta, admiral of the Chinese fleet Zheng He, master navigator Ibn Majid, braved all elements to seek new experiences and knowledge. 

EVENTS AND EXHIBITS

Events and exhibitions of various sizes including interactive exhibits, virtual reality, lives performances, competitions and challenges for a highly engaging experience.

WORKSHOPS AND ACTIVITIES

A wide variety of hands-on workshops and activities designed to inspire children and young people and equip them with a mind-set that enables them to build a better future.

LIVE SHOW

Fun live show incorporating theatrical performances and dramatic story-telling of stories from travellers and navigators.

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HOST EVENT

Small or large, exhibition or live show. Get in touch with us and our team will work with you to cater for your needs.

 

RUN SCHOOL ACTIVITY 

Using film assets and educational materials designed for schools. School events bookings are also possible in certain parts of the world. Contact us for details.

CREATE AWARENESS

Using materials available online from 1001 Journeys to create awareness in your school, work, neighbourhood. 

WATCH FILM TRAILER

Explorers and travellers like Ibn Battuta, admiral of the Chinese fleet Zheng He, master navigator Ibn Majid, brave all elements to seek new experiences and knowledge.

READ BOOKS AND ARTICLES

Expand your knowledge by reading about explorers and travellers from the history of the Muslim world.Click below for a full list of related articles

Links to Articles – Journeys and Adventures

Since the Quran said every able-bodied person should make a pilgrimage, or hajj, to Mecca at least once in their lifetime, thousands travelled from the farthest reaches of the Islamic empire to Mecca, beginning in the seventh century.

As they travelled, they made descriptions of the lands that they passed through. Some of the most famous include.. Read full article.

The Moroccan traveler Ibn Battuta is known as the greatest traveller of premodern times. He lived in the 8th century H/14th century CE. Leaving his homeland at the age of 21 to make the holy pilgrimage to Mecca, he performed a series of extraordinary journeys that spanned nearly three decades and took him as far away as India and China, but also to the Volga River valley and south to Tanzania. The narrative of his travels is a unique account on Islamic and medieval history that was placed by the historians within the rich, trans-hemispheric cultural setting of the history of the medieval world. Read full article.

In his Rihla/Risala (travel narrative, account or journal), Ibn Fadlan, who in the tenth century, accompanied a mission from the Caliph al-Muktadir to the Volga Bulgars, describes his experiences and the people and places he visited; the Khazzars, and the manners and customs of the Rus. Read full article.

Little did the famous Muslim geographer, Ibn Battuta know, that about 22 years after his historic visit to China, the Mongol Dynasty (called the Yuan Dynasty in China) would be overthrown. The Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644) would begin. A Muslim boy would help a Chinese prince. That prince would become emperor and the boy would grow up to be the “Admiral of the Chinese Fleet.”

His name… Zheng He.. Read full article

During the first half of the fifteenth century, a time when Muslim merchants could travel virtually unobstructed from Morocco to Southeast Asia, and navigators from Ming China could boast of enormous naval expeditions reaching as far west as Hormuz, Aden, and Mombasa, Western Europeans remained almost totally confined, both physically and intellectually, to a small slice of the world bounded by the North Atlantic and the Mediterranean. Even as late as the eve of Columbus’s first voyage, European knowledge of other world regions continued to be based on a handful of sketchy medieval travelers’ accounts and a few dusty maps and geographical texts only recently recovered and translated from ancient Greek. In this sense, European exploration was possible in large part because Europeans had so much more of the world left to explore. Read full article.