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Gli Straordinari Viaggi di Ibn Battuta: Le Mille Avventure del Marco Polo Arabo

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  428 Ratings  ·  53 Reviews
Ibnu Battuta, sosok musafir Muslim dan ahli hukum tersohor sebagai petualang terbesar zaman pra-modern. Kisah petualangannya yang mencekam dan luar biasa membuat dunia Barat menghargainya sebagai 'Marco Polo dunia Muslim'. Ross E. Dunn menuturkan karier petualang besar yang merentang hampir 30 tahun melintasi daerah-daerah yang sama luasnya dengan 44 negara zaman modern, m ...more
Paperback, 433 pages
Published 1998 by Garzanti (first published 1987)
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Julia Simpson-Urrutia
Sep 12, 2012 Julia Simpson-Urrutia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
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
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
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
Jul 26, 2010 Rowland Bismark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Scott Pierce
Jun 24, 2015 Scott Pierce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: world-history
This book was assigned to my daughter for her AP World History course, and looked interesting so I decided to read it and found it worth the time. Ibn Battuta was the Marco Polo of the Muslim world in the 14th century and traveled from his home in Morocco across the Middle East, up to the Caucuses, then down to India and crossed the fault lines of various dynasties and cultures.

Some points I found interesting:

- During his travels Battuta was not treated as a Moroccan, but as a member of Dar al-I
I gave this a quick skim. It's pretty much a summary of the original rihla work, with the odd paragraph on the technicalities of sea-faring and navigation in this period. It would have been interesting to see some analysis of the rihla as a literary genre or some other analytical material; he doesn't engage too deeply on the question of what could have been faked here, one of the most interesting issues related to the work. Material taken from tabaqat on ibn Battuta and presented here is interes ...more
David Usharauli
Good book. Mostly contains an overview of Ibn Battuta's travel itinerary with background information about countries he visited. If you are interested in world history in the first half of the 14th century (when Mongol world domination was about to end), then definitely read this book. I did not know much about Ibn battuta before this book. Very lucky guy, if you ask me. To travel so extensively and then to able to return back home in Morocco and even to survive the black death of 1347? remarkab ...more
Jun 18, 2007 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 06, 2008 Zoe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, middle-east
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.
Nov 24, 2012 Haries rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sep 03, 2014 Austin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Oct 11, 2013 Wulan Wuri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
Aug 18, 2007 Christopher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 07, 2012 Ahmed rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, biographic
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
Sep 12, 2010 Heman rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
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
Jan 06, 2014 Adi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

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
Jun 24, 2015 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading the somewhat brief condition/history of Islamic nations in the 14th century. But I would have liked to read more of it in ibn Battuta's words. Some of his adventures reminds me of the Peer Gynt legend - I wonder if there's a connection.
If this were fiction, it would get only 2 stars, because it is, I'm afraid, a bit of a yawner. However, I stuck with it (doggedly, a chapter at a time between novels) because the information--geography and history of the Islamic world in the early 14th century--is interesting. I feel better educated for having read it--which is silly because I will remember very little of the material, knowing me.

In addition, having read the last chapter and the introduction, I'm even mildly fascinated by Ibn B
Mar 03, 2015 Melissa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
LITERALLY the most boring book I've ever had to read for school.

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
Hillary Borders
Sep 16, 2016 Hillary Borders rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Read for History of the Middle East
Kevin Bensema
Jan 23, 2012 Kevin Bensema rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
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
Aug 09, 2012 Ingrid rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Apr 20, 2014 Brian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sep 22, 2009 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Apr 11, 2008 Nicholas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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