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  • CAMELS, COURTS & CONCUBINES

DESCRIPTION

Arabist Tim Mackintosh-Smith embarks on a journey with one mission: to smash the
West's monolithic view of Islam.

In 1325, a young Moroccan called Ibn Battutah set off on a thirty-year odyssey. Nearly 700 years later, travel writer and Arabist Tim Mackintosh-Smith embarks on a journey in his footsteps. Tim is on a mission: to smash the West's monolithic view of Islam. The first episode retraces Ibn Battutah's journey across North Africa, telling the story of an unprecedented age of wanderlust in the Islamic world. Heading first for IB's birthplace, Tangier in Morocco, Tim stumbles on a performance of medieval trance music, devours a sheep's head, and meets children being taught about the Hajj pilgrimage, the original reason IB left home. Following IB to Egypt, Tim ventures into the countryside bytuk-tuk and donkey, to a remote village where IB had an astonishing prophetic dream. In Cairo, Tim visits Al Azhar, the world's oldest university, and explores how the search for knowledge and understanding is integral to Islam. After sailing down the Nile, Tim finds a camel herder who is prepared to take him across the desert, and they set out into the wilderness.

EPISODE GUIDE

  • Camels, Courts & Concubines: Magicians & Mystics
    In this episode, Tim travels through Turkey and India. On his way, he uncovers all that is weird, wonderful and mystical in the Islamic world.
  • Camels, Courts & Concubines: Trade Winds
    In this episode, Tim explores the place of Islam today in Hindu-dominated India and Communist China and the Islamic trade empire of the 14th century.
  • Camels, Courts & Concubines: Trade Winds
    In this episode, Tim explores the place of Islam today in Hindu-dominated India and Communist China and the Islamic trade empire of the 14th century.
  • Camels, Courts & Concubines: Wanderlust
    This first episode, retracing Ibn Battutah's journey across North Africa, tells the story of an unprecedented age of wanderlust in the Islamic world.
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