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The Adventures of Ibn Battuta: A Muslim Traveler of the Fourteenth Century Paperback – December 9, 2004
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Battuta's memoirs often lack detail, so Dunn has put his travels in context by bringing in outside information. Thus, before covering Battuta's travels over the steppe of Northern Asia, he explains how the Mongols came to acquire so much territory and then convert to Islam.
Another interesting part of Battuta's story is how Europeans and inhabitants of the Middle East interacted in the 14th century. Battuta gives an anecdote about a stay in a Muslim town in the Crimean where Italian traders had an outpost. Hearing the Italian's churchbells, which sounded to him like a diabolic cacophony, he and his friends immediately ran to the roof and began to make the muezzin call to prayer. Luckily, there was no violent conflict from this culture class. Dunn's background information also gives interesting details of European activity in Asia during the late Middle Ages. I didn't know that Venetian and Genoese merchants travelled and resided as far east as Tabriz (in modern-day Iran) until I read THE ADVENTURES OF IBN BATTUTA.
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When I initially selected this novel, I expected to read an entertaining book about the intriguing adventures of a muslim in the 14th century. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
In this book, you are being told of ibn-battuta's great adventure by the author. It still gives a nice impression as if you are travelling with ibn-battuta. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Ali Altan
I bought this book for entertainment. But the book is a scholarly work, full of footnotes that make it a chore to read.Published 14 months ago by chi
Gives a good overview of the late Islamic world through the eyes of Ibn Battuta. The author supplements well with historic information.Published 15 months ago by A. Lopez-barton
The best book on Ibn Battuta's life and his adventures. I bought it to help understand his experiences and the Moorish world around him. Definitely worth the read.Published 17 months ago by Lisa Yarde
I liked this book and read it within several months of reading The Adventures of Marco Polo. Both men travelled Asia in approximately the same time frame (Battuta was appx 30 years... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Trainman95630
It felt like this book droned on at times, but captures the cultural differences Battuta witnessed as he travelled across Africa and Asia. History buffs will love it.Published 19 months ago by Joseph Reynolds
Enjoyed the book. Gave great insight on why he travels 75,000 miles. Every church leader should read this exciting book that is full of information.Published 22 months ago by Bryan Johnson