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Re-writing History to Celebrate the Forgotten Heroes

History can be resurrected from the dead, made alive in new ways and directions. History is what we make of it. We encourage you to blog about our true heroes from long ago who gave their lives for their people, for justice, for the generations to come, in the best way that they saw fit.

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Ibn Jubay, Arab Traveler, Chronicler of the Crusades

 

Perhaps the greatest of all historical leaders in the field of travel writing is the travel journals of Ibn Jubayr (1145–1214), a geographer, traveler and poet from al-Andalus. His travel chronicle describes the pilgrimage he made to Mecca from 1183 to 1185, in the years preceding the Third Crusade. His chronicle describes Saladin's domains in Egypt and the Levant which he passed through on his way to Mecca. Further, on his return journey he passed through Christian Sicily. In fact, he went on to record his travels across the known world in detail. In fact, the travel genre was a fairly common genre in medieval Arabic writing, just as it was in Europe.

 

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