The Adventures of Ibn Battuta: A Muslim Traveler of the Fourteenth Century

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University of California Press, 2005 - History - 359 pages
Known as the greatest traveler of premodern times, Abu Abdallah ibn Battuta was born in Morocco in 1304 and educated in Islamic law. At the age of twenty-one, he left home to make the holy pilgrimage to Mecca. This was only the first of a series of extraordinary journeys that spanned nearly three decades and took him not only eastward to India and China but also north to the Volga River valley and south to Tanzania. The narrative of these travels has been known to specialists in Islamic and medieval history for years. Ross E. Dunn's 1986 retelling of these tales, however, was the first work of scholarship to make the legendary traveler's story accessible to a general audience. Now updated with revisions, a new preface, and an updated bibliography, Dunn's classic interprets Ibn Battuta's adventures and places them within the rich, trans-hemispheric cultural setting of medieval Islam.
 

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Mr. Dunn has written a good book about the travels of the 14th Cent. traveller. The short historical sketches of the places IB visited are very helpful to the non-specialist. The maps, alas, are not ... Read full review

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I gave this book a 3 star due to the fact that the title is misleading. Though a very well writing and entertaining book it is more of an account of the social backdrop in which Ibn Battuta traveled ... Read full review

Contents

Region of the Strait of Gibraltar
14
Ibn Battutas Itinerary in Egypt Syria and Arabia
42
Ibn Battutas Itinerary in Persia and Iraq 132627
82
Ibn Battutas Itinerary in Arabia and East Africa
107
Ibn Battutas Itinerary in Anatolia and the Black
138
Ibn Battutas Itinerary in Central Asia and Afghanistan
175
Ibn Battutas Itinerary in Southeast Asia and China
256
Ibn Battutas Itinerary in North Africa Spain and West
277
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Ross E. Dunn is Professor of History, San Diego State University, and the editor of The New World History: A Teacher's Companion (2000).

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