Feudal world history
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feudal refers here to a system in which political
life is subsumed under the developed private interests of a ruling
- On the road from Morocco: Rough guide to
- By Veronica Horwell, Le Monde diplomatique,
August 2003. In 1325, Ibn Battutah, a 21-year-old of
Berber descent, set off from his home city of Tangier to
fulfil the Muslim duty to make the Haj to Mecca. He was a
very modern figure: a well-educated economic migrant, a
serial husband, a networker, something of a gourmet, and a
snob. He reached east of Sumatra, south of Mombasa and far
north of Astrakhan.