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The Travels of Ibn Batuta (تبسيط الأدب العربى للناشئين #21)

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This scarce antiquarian book is a selection from Kessinger Publishing's Legacy Reprint Series. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment to protecting, preserving, and promoting the world's literature. Kessinger

Paperback, 280 pages
Published May 1st 2009 by Kessinger Publishing (first published 1355)
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Ibn Battutah, a Moroccan Arab traveller of the fourteenth century, made Marco Polo look like a stay-at home; he not only visited China and East Asia as Marco did but also took in India, the Maldives, Indonesia, the Sahara, Mali and Niger, and Arab-occupied Spain. Unlike Marco, he tended to travel first-class – more often than not as an honoured guest and counsellor to the various rulers, mostly Muslim, he met along the way.

Ibn Battutah had this advantage over Polo – the world he travelled was a
In contrast to the numerous modern travel books which seem to focus on the 'personality' of the writer or trivial observations, this is an epic in every sense of the word. The scale of the journey is immense in distance and time, IB stayed to work as a Qadi (judge)in several places along the way, this means that you really get a deep sense of the politics and the people in each destination. This depth is unlike some of the more superficial accounts of present books which rely on novelty and humo ...more
Julia Simpson-Urrutia
When I met Professor Dunn, he was already being called American's foremost authority on Ibn Battuta. As we discussed our mutually favored subject, I will never forget how he commented, "I believe I can say that I know just how a Maliki scholar in the 14th century would think."

Ibn Battuta's name should be as familiar to Near and Middle Eastern school children as Marco Polo's does to Western pupils. Born half a century after the Venetian traveler, Abu Abdallah ibn Battuta was in face more widely t
sahar salman

كتاب غني و مفيد إلى حدٍ ما , أشبه بمذكرات مليئ بالوصف , يسير الفِهم
ما نال إعجابيِ وصفه لمدينة دِمشق العزيزه و مصر بأسرارِها المكنونة التي تثير الدهشة
لا أنسى العراق أيضاً و حدائق شيراز الجميلة بأسواقها و مسالِكها
قِصص الهند و المجوهرات و خرافة جوز الهند بين الحكيم و الوزير و الملك
مدينة سمر قند ببساتينها و دكاكينها ووسعٍ محلها و فسيح المكان لا أسوار لها و لا أبواب عليها
ووادي السند الذي يفيضُ في أوانِ الحر فيزرع أهلها بالأرض كُل خيرٍ وبركة , وخيال الرخ الذي ظهر في البحر !
ودُهشت من فصل " عناق في
تقييم هذه الرحلة صعب للغاية ، فهي ممتعة من حيث الوصف وخيال المؤلف ، ولكن المؤلف محترف للكذب وخاصة مع من خالفه في المعتقد ، فقلت الفائدة العلمية من الرحلة للخرافات التي يؤمن بها المؤلف .
Grady McCallie
Abu Abdallah ibn Battuta seems to have been a very lucky man. Born in Tangiers, ibn Battuta left in 1325, age 21, on a 24 year trip that took him across North Africa, the Near East, southern Russia, India, Sumatra, and perhaps China, returning in 1349. He subsequently also visited southern Spain and crossed the Sahara to Mali and back. With the help of a young amanuensis, he then wrote a travel memoir, or rihla. I haven't read the excerpts of his memoir available in modern English translation, b ...more
Peter Mcloughlin
This book was a lot more interesting than the Marco Polo book I just read. Both are stories of world travelers who experienced exotic lands and have interesting tales to tell about the world. The author of this book keeps the reader engaged with more descriptive detail and gripping stories. Marco Polo is now being made into a series based on the book I just read. I don't see what the hollywood scriptwriter saw in such a blah book. This book is much more interesting and fun to read. Good writing ...more
عمرو عبدالحميد
ملحوظة : الناس على ما هم عليه حتى لو حصل ليهم تغيير جذري زي دخول الإسلام مثلا, لأسباب وراثية ونفسية واجتماعية وحضارية وحاجات كتير كده هتلاقيهم بردو محتفظين بعاداتهم وتقاليدهم حتى لو تعارض بعضها مع تعاليم الإسلام اشطه يعني وبيكونو ملتزمين بالعبادات.
غالبا الهدف في النهاية عند الإنسان هو تحقيق الاستقرار حتى لو طلع في الآخر شكل مشوه للحياة وغير متسق.

كتاب جميل يا ريت محدش يضيع وقته ويقراه
I thought this would be much easier to read than the original I had to slog through in college, and it was, but expectedly it's not nearly as exciting. And I was let down by the author's use of the original text. This should have been either a breezy travelogue or a hard-core academic book. It falls uncomfortably in between. And if Ibn Battuta lied about his travels as much as Marco Polo did, then I wanted some more explanation for that, and maybe a comparison to the works of the people who didn ...more
Uthpala Dassanayake
I’m afraid this review is going to be more on picture I got of Ibn Battuta than of his book. The reason is, he has written mostly of how he felt about the places he visited and how his personal life was at those places. To me, his descriptions are very narrow minded and self-centered, therefore very little information on the places he travelled and how it was during that period. Of cause I don’t blame him. We have at least this information because he did write something.
The main thing he tells a
The dude got around...
Rowland Bismark
Ibn Battuta set off from Tangier in 1325, visiting Egypt, Mecca, Syria, Iraq, Anatolia, the Central Asian steppe, India, the Maldives and possibly China before returning home nearly twenty five years later. After additional trips to Spain and West Africa he settled down and his story was turned into a Rihla (travel narrative) by Ibn Juzayy.

The Adventures of Ibn Battuta follows Ibn Battuta's travels chronologically, but doesn't stay narrowly focused on the details of his career. It offers extensi
Jonathan Danz
On the one hand, Ibn Battuta's journey throughout the medieval Muslim world was fascinating and the author does a nice job of capturing the flavor of the mosaic of ruling powers throughout the Near, Middle and Far East.

The drawbacks are the way Ibn Battuta's journeys were chronicled a couple of years after he returned from over 20 years of traveling. There is some doubt as to some of his journeys and there are references from scholars of Ibn Battuta's time that cast him as a liar.

At the beginni
ثريا بترجي
قال الشيخ الفقيه,العالم الثقة النبيه,الناسك الأبر,وفد الله المعتمر,شرف الدين المعتمد في سياحته على رب العالمين,ابو عبد الله محمد بن عبد الله بن محمد بن ابراهيم اللواتي ثم الطنجي,المعروف بابن بطوطة..جوال الارض و مخترق الاقاليم بالطول والعرض,الذي طاف الأرض معتبرا, وطوى الأمصار مختبرا, وباحث فرق الأمم, وسبر سير العرب و العجم.. ونفذت الاشارة الكريمه بأن يملي ما شاهده في رحلته من الأمصار و ما علق بحفظه من نوادر الأخبار’ ويذكر من لقيه من ملوك الأقطار وعلمائها الأخيار واوليائها الأبرار,
وأملي من ذلك ما
Robert Sheppard

For most of us coming from a Western background when we think of the great travelers and travel accounts of world history the name that first comes to mind is of course that of Marco Polo, the 13th Century Venetian whose Odyssey took him to the China court of the Mongol Emperor of Yuan Dynast
Fascinating read about one of the world's first great explorers/tourists, who saw more of the world than even most modern jetsetters. He hits all the places I would love to see-- China, Persia, the Maldives, the Silk Road, southern Spain, and back again to Morocco. A great perspective of the fourteenth century world, this account shows first hand the sweeping changes in society as this remarkable individual travels behind the devestation of the Mongol invasion and the Black Death in Europe, Midd ...more
Rajendra Dave
This travelogue is a valuable historical record. It is recorded by an unashamedly proud Muslim of fourteenth century, who expects dominance of the faithful in every corner of the world, not unlike a British colonist travelling in late nineteenth or early twentieth century.

The spatial extent of Battuta's adventure is awesome, spanning from Morocco, Egypt and Sub-Sahara Africa to Asia Minor, Arabian peninsula, north and east shores of Caspian sea, the Levant and of course, India and China. It mak
Very interesting book. Loved every page of it. After reading the book I have the feeling that people in former times were far more tolerant than today. According to this book they atleast accepted that other people might have other believes. Not that I wanted to live in those times because they had some really rough methods to punish people.
I especially loved the description of various cities in India and China.
Bob Finch
A uniquely enlightening view of history. Spanning nearly 30 years of travel from Morocco to India and China, and from the the Russian steppes to Zanzibar and Niger, ibn Buttatah's odyssey would be a major feat today. But such travel in the middle 1300s is another matter. This was a time when Europe was a cultural backwater; however, the Muslim world, including northern Africa, Arabia, Persia, and India, along with China, the acknowledged world power at the time, had developed extensive trade net ...more
This was a really fun book, with a touch of dry humor to it. It's actually a really good introduction to Islam as well. For Muslims, it's hard to believe what the world was once like, and it's harder to believe Ibn Battuta traveled across it all before the advent of cars, rails, and planes.
This was informative in terms of learning about the Arab world's equivalent of Marco Polo. However, it was a book that I could certainly put down. Although there were certainly some episodes that grabbed my attention, in general I didn't find it super engaging.
Acungkan tangan jika menikmati membaca buku kisah perjalanan Ibnu Battuta yg diinterpretasi oleh seorang profesor sejarah Ross E. Dunn.
Ketertarikan terhadap sejarah islam, cerita biografi adalah modal untuk membaca buku ini.
A clear study of Ibn Battuta's travelogue for the non-specialist. It's most accurate to call it an abridgement of the travels with commentary, with context about the medieval world of the time. The introduction admits that much itself. Dunn makes quick mention about historiographical issues, like chronology and text-lifting from other contemporary writings (plagiarism was viewed differently in the medieval Muslim literati, apparently), and hides the denser details in the end-of-chapter footnotes ...more
Viele haben sicherlich schon vom venezianischem Marco Polo gehört, der Ende des 13. Jahrhunderts umfangreiche Reisen nach Asien gemacht hat. Weniger bekannt sind der marokkanische Ibn Battuta aus Tanger und der florentinische Mönch Johannes de Marignolli, die ebenfalls, jedoch im zweiten Drittel des 14. Jahrhunderts, bis zum Kaiser von China vorgedrungen sind (sein wollen?). Ich kannte die beiden letzteren jedenfalls nicht und bin eher durch Zufall auf sie gestossen.

Ibn Battuta’s Bericht wurde i
Mohamed Yasir Hassan
The Adventures of Ibn Battuta provides in vivid detail all the countries he had visited, including Egypt, Hijaz (present day Saudi Arabia) as well as his home country, the Maghrib (present day Morocco). The most significant part of his Rihla (journey) would have to be his stay at Mecca to perform Hajj (the pilgrimage to Mecca which a Muslim must perform at least once in their life) where he performed all the religious rites necessary alongside thousands of Muslims from all over the world. What I ...more
I'd heard about ibn batuta since school days but i first became interested in him when i came across this account of his visit to Sri Lanka while atthe Lighthouse Hotel, Galle. I also saw a discovery channel show about one man's attempt to recreate his journey through Africa to Mecca in modern times. Being a travel and an islamic history buff, i was bent on getting my hands on a copy.

This version however is a direct translation of Batuta's journals. They are more like a sober account of his jour
Wulan Wuri
"Pendidikan seorang sarjana menjadi besar kemajuannya dengan melakukan perjalanan untuk mencari pengetahuan dan menjumpai guru-guru yang berwenang (bagi zamannya)." --Ibnu Khaldun. Kutipan dari buku The Muqaddimah, edisi ke-2, terjemahan F. Rosenthal, 3 jilid. (Priceton, N.J., 1967), jilid 3, hlm. 307 (dalam Petualangan Ibnu Batuta karya Ross E. Dunn)___"sarjana" di sini kata teman saya dalam bahasa Arab yang sesungguhnya lebih merujuk pada "penuntut ilmu", bukan sarjana dalam bahasa Indonesia s ...more
Fabio Bertino
Considerato una pietra miliare della letteratura di viaggio, secondo me decisamente sopravvalutato. Ibn Battuta viene spesso definito il "Marco Polo arabo", ma la differenza che traspare tra i due viaggiatori-autori è enorme. Marco Polo mostra attenzione e curiosità per gli altri e per tutto ciò che è lontano da lui, passa la vita a viaggiare in paesi con culture, lingue, religioni e costumi estremaemente diversi e se ne appassiona, li studia , li descrive. Ibn Battuta è invece interessato unica ...more
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Abu Abdullah Muhammad Ibn ِAbdullah Al Lawati Al Tanji Ibn Battuta (Arabic: أبو عبد الله محمد ابن عبد الله اللواتي الطنجي ابن بطوطة) was a Muslim Marinid Berber scholar and jurisprudent from the Maliki Madhhab (a school of Fiqh, or Sunni Islamic law), and at times a Qadi or judge. However, he is best known as a traveler and explorer, whose account documents his travels and excursions over a period ...more
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