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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The Arab equivalent of Marco Polo, Sheikh Ibn Battuta (1304-77) set out as a young man on a pilgrimage to Mecca that ended 27 years and 75,000 miles later.
The only medieval traveler known to have visited the lands of every Muslim ruler of his time, Ibn Battuta was born into a family of highly respected religious judges and educated as a theologian. Leaving his native city of Tangier in 1326, he traveled -- over the next several years -- to East Africa, Byzantium, Iraq, southern Russia, India, Ceylon, and China. His account of the journey, dictated on his return, not only provides vivid accounts of an odyssey that took him to exotic lands, but also describes in great detail Muslim maritime activities in the Middle and Far East, fascinating elements of foreign architecture, and agricultural activities of diverse cultures.
A rare and important work covering the geography and history of the medieval Arab world, this primary sourcebook will be welcomed by students and scholars for its inherent historical value.
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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