The Adventures of Ibn Battuta: A Muslim Traveler of the Fourteenth Century, Revised Edition, with a New Preface
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The Adventures of Ibn Battuta: A Muslim Traveler of the Fourteenth Century, Revised Edition, with a New Preface

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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.
Paperback, 379 pages
Published December 9th 2004 by University of California Press
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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...more
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
Katherine
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
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...more
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...more
Austin
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
Chris
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.
Zoe
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.
Haries
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.
Rezky Ramadiansyah
Oke, yang gue baca covernya agak beda (lebih baru), tapi penerbitnya sama (Obor) jadi asumsikan sama aja lah ya.
Secara konten sangat menarik (sejarah + agama, kombinasi favorit pribadi) tapi terjemahannya terlalu kasar.
Kadang ada makna/ungkapan yang jadinya garing gara-gara diterjemahin mentah-mentah sama translatornya.
Mungkin lebih oke kalau baca versi originalnya.
Karena kurang enak dibaca terjemahannya (IMHO), akhirnya bacanya skip-skip aja ke bab-bab tertentu, jadi mohon maaf untuk rating yan...more
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
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
Christopher
In 1325 the young Morrocan Ibn Battuta left his home to make the pilgrimage to Mecca. On the way, he became enamoured with travel and travelled half the world, from North Africa to China, before returning to his home in 1349. His record of his journeys, the Rihla, is difficult to read and chaotically organised, leading historian Ross E. Dunn to present Ibn Battuta's story in a more accessible format. The Adventures of Ibn Battuta is an extremely interesting book, and I recommend it highly to any...more
Claire Wankiewicz
Jan 28, 2011 Claire Wankiewicz rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone with a grade 10 reading level
Recommended to Claire by: book review on line
I was enchanted by the description of an era of peace and prosperity whereby a young man full of education and not sure that he wants to 'settle down' yet -- my, how nothing much changes under the sun! -- could safely travel the entire Muslim world, most of Africa, pretty much all of the middle east, and even India, and be recieved wherever he went by the local head mogul who would treat him with respect and a generous welcome. Ibn Battuta himself seemed so ordinary. No hero or whiz kid at all,...more
Ahmed
Good book. It was more of an abridged itinerary of Ibn Battuta's Rihla with commentary than an actual reproduction. I found parts of it hard to follow because of the simplicity of the maps and the sheer number of places he visited, but it certainly improved my geographic knowledge. Alhough it was mostly patchy on descriptions of places (a fault of the original account, not the author of the book), it exposed me to a few historic empires that I hadn't heard of, and left me with a lot of future re...more
Heman
When I first started reading this book I was very disappointed; it was a generally paraphrased scholarly treaty of the original work and the the history and geography of the places mentioned in the book with little or no direct quotes from the original. I got so upset that I skipped the first chapter after a few pages and went straight to the third chapter hoping that it gets better and it actually grew on me. After finishing the third chapter I went back to first and read steadily til the end o...more
Adi

Memulakan tahun 2014 dengan bacaan yg baik.
Walaupun aku tak menyukai keseluruhan isi buku ini.
Keseluruhan isi buku ini hanyalah memberi gambaran sudut sosio-politik zaman ibn battuta dalam rangka menyangkal kesahihan catatan pengembaraan musafir agung islam ini.

oleh kerana aku belum pernah membaca karya asal ibn battuta yg berjudul'rihla' itu, membaca kritik ini sama seperti kita membaca ruangan komen yg melarat di youtube tanpa menonton sedikitpun video pencetus polemiknya. sama sekali tak mas...more
Kevin Bensema
Ross Dunn presents an absolutely fascinating window into the Muslim world of the 14th century through a novel-esque retelling of Ibn Battuta's travel journals. While Ibn Battuta struck me as something of a jerk, his travels throughout the Muslim world were fascinating. Islam may have spread West by the sword, but it spread East by the trading-ship. The legal scholar from Western Africa follows trade routes from Morocco to the Middle East to India and possibly beyond, finally returning home to wr...more
Ingrid
I had expected to thoroughly enjoy this book as I find Ibn Battuta to be very interesting. However, the author did not use excerpts from Ibn Battuta's travel journals very well and Ibn Battuta came across as a rather annoying story-teller/traveler, which took away from what could have been a fascinating read. Dunn also failed to truly explain why Ibn Battuta's travel narratives may or may not be true.
Brian
Although this is the sory of Ibn Battuta's journey through the Muslim world of the 14th century, it is Ross E. Dunn's telling of Battuta's The Rihla. This was a very detailed retelling but, I would actually be more interested in reading The Rihla itself. It may be something I investigate for myself in the future. I highly recommend this book, though. Great read.
John
A truly amazing story when taken in the context of the culture and time of the adventure. Ibn Battuta starts and ends in Northern Morocco, and travels further than Marco Polo through Africa, the Middle East, the Balkans, India, China, and the south Pacific. His travels through Moorish Andalucia are the most familiar part of the book to me. Highly recommended.
Nicholas
I took a World History survey course as a sophomore in college and this was the textbook. Really opens your eyes to society and culture in the ancient world. We're so used to learning the Western tradition in our educational system that to see the world from a Muslim's perspective was enlightening, especially with the emphasis on Asia and Africa.
ryan
Like the travels of Marco Polo, but better, as this account isn't nearly as biased and explains much more of the history of the areas this constant traveller visited. Thats not to say that Ibn Battuta himself wasn't as ignorant as Polo was; just that, thankfully, he didn't write his own book or have someone of his time write one for him.
Rebekah
I read this book in college, and when I met my husband, found out that he owned a copy. It was meant to be. It's an incredible story about a traveler I had never heard of before. It's amazing to read about how a culture spanned such a huge distance, making travel like this easy and even comfortable for the time.
Z G
dense and for an individual that hasnt had prior knowledge regarding Middle East History is a very hard read. The book is in a constant state of "this possibly happened" blah blah blah yes, i do understand it is date from the 14th century, but still...I wouldnt reccomend this book to anyone.
Jeff
One of THE best books on travel and Islamic history I've come across. Details of Ibn Battuta's travels are interspersed with background about the people and places he visits in the Dar al-Islam in a very approachable and entertaining manner. Highly recommended.
Britton
Not the most exciting read but important in understanding the Mahgrib and the beauty of how Muslims could almost go anywhere within Islamic lands and be accepted. Ibn Battuta is a very important historical figure, many times referred to as the Islamic Marco Polo.
Scott
So far, a little too negative regarding the Mongols. Of course, written from the Muslim perspective, there is a lot of culture destroyed, but referring to them as basically evil does kind of set a certain orientation that is hard to dismiss.
John
A good introduction to the Islamicate world and beyond in the 14th century, following the travels of Ibn Battuta. Dunn offers great context, and the story of Ibn Battuta's travels makes this read almost like fiction.
Sarah
This was just boring, and even though I got pretty far into it, it wasn't written with enough panache to keep me going, especially when I think of all the other books I have yet to read.
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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 perio...more
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