Art Spots

The Arts of Trade and Travel

About This Resource

The obligation to make the pilgrimage (known as the hajj) to Mecca, combined with the tradition of global trade in Muslim societies, makes international travel important in the lives of many Muslims. This brief video highlights the arts associated with these traditions of trade and travel.

Related primary resources: A Geniza Letter Regarding Trade and Market Prices, Ibn Battuta on Chinese Porcelain.


D. Fairchild Ruggles. National Endowment for the Humanities, American Library Association, and Twin Cities Public Television. Islamic Art Spots: Arts of Trade and Travel. American Library Association, 2013.

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"Muslim Journeys | Item #221: The Arts of Trade and Travel", June 20, 2024


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