Ibn Jubayr, or Abu Al-Husayn Ibn Jubayr, was born in Granada, Spain in 1145 AD / 539 AH. He served as a courtier to a Muslim governor in Granada in addition to being a scholar and a poet. His reputation was built with the travel account entitled ‘The Travels of Ibn Jubayr’, which first appeared in 1189 AD / 584 AH. His style of writing about his journeys to Jerusalem, Medina, Mecca, Damascus, Mosul, Acre and Baghdad set a trend for then rihla genre that appears after him. With an honest tone based on frank thoughts, he recorded his pilgrimage to Mecca which he performed in 1183-1184 AD / 578-579 AH.
Extracted from the book: En Route to Mecca – Pilgrims’ Voices Throughout the Centuries
Publisher: Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia
(This book is published in conjunction with the En Route to Mecca: Pilgrims’ Voices Throughout the Centuries exhibition, launched in October 2009.)