Co-Writer, Tahir Shah"My family is from the East and the West," says Tahir Shah, the renowned author of more than a dozen books including ‘In Arabian Nights’, ‘The Caliph’s House’ and ‘A Year in Casablanca’. "After 9/11, I think that there’s a responsibility to show the East to the West, and the West to the East. Journey to Mecca became very important to me because that’s exactly what it is doing."Shah had always known about the story of Ibn Battuta. "It had always been a favorite, a slice of history." Shah reinterpreted Bruce Neibaur’s original script, keeping the main story, but heightening the characters’ emotions.