The Travels of Ibn Battuta


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The Travels of Ibn Battuta

By: G.A.R. Gibb

Published By: Goodword

Histories and Biographies there are in quantity, but the historians, for all their picturesque details, seldom show the ability to select the essential and  to give their figures that touch of the intimate which makes them live again for the reader. It is in this faculty that Ibn Battuta excels. Of the Multitudes that crowd upon the stage  in the pageant of medieval Islam there is no figure more instinct with life than his.  in his book he not only lays before us a faithful portrait of himself, with all his virtues and his failings, but evokes a whole age as it were from them the dead.

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No other medieval traveler is known to have journeyed so extensively. In 30 years (from 1325), Ibn Batuta traveled overland in North Africa and Syria to make the pilgrimage to Mecca. Afterward he visited Persia, Mesopotamia, and Asia Minor. He made a journey by way of Samarkand to India, where he resided for almost eight years at the court of the sultan of Delhi, who sent him to China as one of his ambassadors. Ibn Batuta visited the Maldives, the Malabar coast, Ceylon (Sri Lanka), and Sumatra. He returned c. 1350 to Tangier. Later he went to Spain, then to Morocco, and from here he crossed the Sahara to visit Timbuktu and the River Niger. During his 29 years of travel, he covered 120,000 km. A great insight of the days when Islam was a strong living tradition far spread around the world. Summarized translation by H. A. R. Gibb.

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