The Aventures of Ibn Battuta

by Ross E. Dunn
List(s):"Extreme Classics"
Category: "Travel"
Year of Publication:1986
Date Added:01/29/2010
Date Read:07/10/2014
Notes:The book on the Extreme Classics list is Travels, by Ibn Battuta, written in 1354, but everything I read indicated that it was heavy, dull and difficult to follow. So instead, I read this book.

Battuta was a Muslim from Morocco who traveled to Mecca for his pilgrimage and then decided to tour the world. He went down into Africa, up into Asia as far as the Caspian Sea, across India (where he settled for a time as a judge for a local ruler) and then on to China before returning home. Dunn gives and account of the travels along with the 14th-century economic, religious and political setting of the places he visited.
My Rating: 5

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Review - Aventures of Ibn Battuta, The

I once knew a guy who would pick a place he wanted to visit, then come up with some obscure ministry connection and raise funds so he and his wife could vacation for free. Battuta was the forerunner of this method. He was basically a leach who traveled around living off the hospitality of the people he visited. He overstated his importance, whined when he wasn't treated according to what he felt was his due and meddled in local affairs until things turned against him, at which point he would take off. He left behind him, or so he says, a trail of wives, concubines and slave girls and their children. A lot of authorities doubt he really went to all the places he said he visited or that he was esteemed as much as he claimed he was. For the most part, he just sounds like a jerk.
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