The Travels of Ibn Battuta in the Near East, Asia and Africa 1325-1354

The Travels of Ibn Battuta in the Near East, Asia and Africa 1325-1354

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In 1326, Ibn Battuta began a pilgrimage to Mecca that ended 27 years and 75,000 miles later. His engrossing account of that journey provides vivid scenes from Morocco, southern Russia, India, China, and elsewhere. "Essential reading . . . the ultimate in real life adventure stories." -- History in Review.
Publisher: Mineola, N.Y. : Dover Publications, 2004.
ISBN: 9780486437651
0486437655
Branch Call Number: 910.92
Characteristics: xviii, 243 p. ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Lee, Samuel 1783-1852.

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Mar 08, 2017

Although its pages go to 243, its really only about one hundred pages long because more than half of each, on average, is consumed by footnotes. Some of the footnotes are interesting, but most are unnecessary. The editor even put an appendix of his own, not at the end, but a little more than halfway through. No maps are included. Much of the first third or so of the book sounds like a dumb diva who pretends to be well-travelled because she went to hotels and resorts in many countries: I went to this city, that is ruled by a gracious lord, then I went to that city... and so on for fifty pages. Its in the last forty percent of the book that has the most interesting observations of the travels.

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