A student of Ibn Taymiyya
Ibn Fadlallah visited Cairo
shortly after the Malian Mansa Kankan Musa I
's pilgrimage to Mecca
, and his writings are one of the primary sources for this legendary hajj
. In particular, Ibn Fadlallah recorded that the Mansa dispensed so much gold that its value fell in Egypt
for a decade afterward, a story that is often repeated in describing the wealth of the Mali Empire.