The Swahili Coast refers to the coastal area of East Africa inhabited by the Swahili speakers and includes the coasts of Kenya, Tanzania, south Somalia and north Mozambique. Ibn Battuta travelled along the Swahili Coast in 1331 and visited quite a number of cities like Mogadishu, Mombasa, Kilwa, etc.
The Horn of Africa is referred to the area of North-eastern Africa and at times also called as the Somali Peninsula. The area extends into the Arabian Sea and is located on the southern side of the Gulf of Aden. The countries in the region include Somalia, Djibouti, Ethiopia and Eritrea.
With the city overview of Mardin in Turkey, published by us today, we have just come to the end of the second phase of the Journeyed Cities of Ibn Battuta. From Mardin he went back to perform Hajj and in fact stayed there for more than three years before embarking on his next travels. The next phase was probably the most adventurous phase of his travels! If you have not done so yet, grab a translation of his "Rihla", it is really worth reading.
June 1325 (Rajab 725) : Started his journey from Tangiers. His intention of the journey was perform Haj and visit the tomb of prophet (peace be upon him). He sets out with a very heavy heart due being seperated from his parents. He never sees them again.
Hajji Abu Abdullah Muhammad Ibn Battuta is one of the renowned travelers in the Islamic history and the world as well. Born in Tangier, Morocco in February 1304, Ibn Battuta set out on his voyage with the intention to perform Hajj in 1325 (725H) as a 21 year old. This eventually took him on a fascinating journey through the Muslim world of the 14th Century (8th Century Hijrah).