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Publisher Comments:

'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.'

Synopsis:

Ross Dunn here recounts the great traveler's remarkable career, interpreting it within the cultural and social context of Islamic society and giving the reader both a biography of an extraordinary personality and a study of the hemispheric dimensions of human interchange in medieval times.

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

Ross E. Dunn is Professor of History at San Diego State University.

Table of Contents

LIst of Maps

Preface

Acknowledgements

The Muslim Calendar

A Note on Money

List of Abbreviations Used in Footnotes

Introduction

1. Tangier

2. The Maghrib

3. The Mamluks

4. Mecca

5. Persia and Iraq

6. The Arabian Sea

7. Anatolia

8. The Steppe

9. Delhi

10. Malabar and the Maladives

11. China

12. Home

13. Mali

14. The Rihla

Glossary

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520067431
Subtitle:
A Muslim Traveler of the Fourteenth Century
Author:
Dunn, Ross E.
Publisher:
University of California Press
Location:
Berkeley :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
History
Subject:
Islam
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Voyages and travels
Subject:
Travelers
Subject:
Travel, Medieval
Subject:
Travelers -- Islamic Empire -- Biography.
Subject:
Islam - General
Subject:
Voyageurs
Subject:
Medieval
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Ancient - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
99
Publication Date:
19891012
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
393
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 x 1 in 1 lb

Related Subjects

Biography » General
History and Social Science » Exploration » General
History and Social Science » Middle East » Travel Accounts
Travel » Travel Writing » Exploration

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Ross Dunn here recounts the great traveler's remarkable career, interpreting it within the cultural and social context of Islamic society and giving the reader both a biography of an extraordinary personality and a study of the hemispheric dimensions of human interchange in medieval times.
"Synopsis" by , 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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