"This was the city of Yazd, a fine, clean city with magnificent bazaars, perennial streams and verdant trees, whose population are merchants of the Shafi'ite rite."
so wrote Ibn Battuta, although he never writes that he ever actually went there. Rather he was describing it with regard to the taking of the city by the Muzaffarids, a family of Arab origin who had settled in Yazd after the Mongol invasion. They controlled the city from 1318 but were engaged in constant feuding with the Shiraz-based Abu Ishaq Injuid. In 1350 Abu Ishaq tried to take Yazd but the then leader, Mubariz Muzaffar fled to nearby Meybon castle where he engaged in raids on the attacking party that were so daring that Abu Ishaq came to a have a grudging admiration for him, "for an affection for him had grown up in the heart of the sultan Abu Ishaq through witnessing his bold actions, and he said 'I should like to see him, and when I have seen him I shall withdraw and leave him'." as recounted by Ibn Battuta.