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3.91  ·  Rating details ·  1,721 ratings  ·  185 reviews
كان خروجي من طنجه مسقط رأسي في يوم الخميس الثاني من شهر الله رجب الفرد عام خمسة وعشرين وسبعمائه معتمدا حج بيت الله الحرام وزيارة قبر الرسول عليه أفضل الصلاة و السلام منفردا عن رفيق آنس بصحبته و ركب اكون في جملته لباعث على النفس شديد العزائم وشوق الى تلك المعاهد الشريفه كامن في الحيازم.فجزمت أمري على هجر الاحباب من الاناث و الذكور وفارقت وطني مفارقة الطيور للوكور.وكان والدي ...more
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Published by دار التراث (first published 1355)
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WILLIAM2
Fascinating and repugnant by turns. In India Battutah reports on the ancient Hindu rite of sati (also suttee), in which the widow burns herself to death on her husband’s pyre. This is the first such description of the practice I’ve read. Usually, in my reading, sati is referred to as a superseded barbarity and universally deplored, but here Ibn Battutah describes its active practice.
When these three women...made a compact to burn themselves, they spent three days preceding the event in concerts
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Warwick
I have been wanting to read Ibn Battutah ever since I lived in Morocco as a teenager, an experience that consolidated in me the same ‘overmastering impulse and desire long cherished’ to travel that he says first made him set off from his Moroccan home. Of course, he saw this through rather more thoroughly than I did. I spent two months InterRailing with a girlfriend, whereas he set off from Tangier in the summer of 1325 and didn't come back again for another twenty-four years.

His full name was S
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Palmyrah
Mar 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
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Ray
Apr 23, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Ibn Battutah travelled from Morocco throughout the Muslim world and beyond as an itinerant jurist in the fourteenth century. His was an absolutely stupendous feat, with his travels ranging from Mali to the Ukraine and Ceylon to China, and all points in between.

His work as a jobbing scholar afforded him access to religious leaders and courts throughout the lands he visited.

I liked the insight to medieval Islam, and the sense that it's adherents regarded themselves as one community, for all that t
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Miike
Nov 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sunny
May 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lovely little gem of a book. I tend not like travel books but this one referred to cities I have been to in places and gives you a historic background to them which is so so interesting. The book is about Ibn Battuta a resident of Tangiers (morocco), which I never knew, who travels across the middle-east and all the way across India all the way to China and back! He wrote this based on his travels from 1325 till 1354. In one instant he talks of the sea divers he meets off the coast of Persia and ...more
Kyle
Feb 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Vicky Hunt
A Mossy Rolling Stone

The old proverb goes that, 'a rolling stone gathers no moss' but like Marco Polo, who wrote his Travels over 50 years before Ibn Battutah began his journeys, and came home decades later wealthy; Battutah gained much in his travels. The resemblance stops there though, because IB traveled the Muslim world, where Polo traveled the Silk Road across Europe and Asia. And, Marco Polo's journey was a trade expedition, while IB set out originally for a pilgrimage to Mecca. Ibn Battut
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Maryam AL-Ghafri
done, finally. I went through it very quickly to define the perception of Ibn Battita toward himself as traveller and his perception to others. Also, is his language of describing places was driven by his ego-biased and his spiritual and cultural background


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
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Mohammed Morsi
Jan 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A must read for those who do not know of Ibn Battuta. Well written and documented, it carries you through the journeys and offers a different view than the contemporary, and better known but perhaps less travelled, Marco Polo.
Phrodrick
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Living and traveling about one generating behind the Italian Marco Polo(circa 1300), The Muslim Ibn Battutah (Published around 1350) traveled more miles and saw more of the Near and Far East and remains the less known traveler. The best guess is that he was on the road, or at sea for about 30 years and logged about 75,000 miles. The Travels of Ibn Battutah edited by Tim Makintosh-Smith reads as an edited version but with the advantage of efforts to get the story in its best order and notations o ...more
James Violand
Mar 19, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: not a living soul.
Shelves: own
This book is a farce. Battuta may have journeyed during his lifetime, but this record - made after he returned from the twenty-nine year excursion - contains so many errors that it raises more than skepticism. The translator, an English clergyman in the 1820s was obviously enamored of this traveler and proud of his own knowledge of Arabic. He continuously makes excuses for Battuta when places he visited cannot be found in any other historical/geographical record. Battuta records Islamic historie ...more
Othman Faouri
Jan 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Travels (تحفه  النظار في غرائب الأمصار وعجائب الاسفار) by Ibn Battutah . I can describe it like reading a Wikipedia page writin 700 years ago it's a glimpse in a world that no longer exists ibn Battutahs account covered everything from the bazaars and people of the many cities and lands he visited to the hardships he faced on the road from Morroco to China and back . its also worth mentioning that there is a bit of a culture shock related to this read this is for example written in a time wh ...more
Robert Sheppard
May 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WORLD TRAVEL CLASSICS---THE TRAVELS OF IBN BATTUTA AND THE TRAVELS OF MARCO POLO —-FROM THE WORLD LITERATURE FORUM RECOMMENDED CLASSICS AND MASTERPIECES SERIES VIA GOODREADS—-ROBERT SHEPPARD, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

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
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lifeofsadnan
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
IB's recollections of his journeys drag you back into a time which is hard to imagine in our day and age. At the young age of 21, having no royal connections or source of income, and equipped with only an education as an Islamic judge, IB leaves everything behind and travels across the world to China and back, in a journey that took him 20 years. His travels take him to the borders of the expanding Muslim world, in a journey spanning from Quanzhou to Gao and from Kilwa to the Volga. Despite the ...more
Farwa
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I must say, this book was quite interesting even if the character of Ibn Battuta is questionable at times (casually marrying and divorcing, owning multiple slaves but condemning women in Africa for befriending men yea Idk); of course, this was the middle ages so some of Ibn Battuta’s practices and attitudes can be overlooked I guess.

I’m surprised by Ibn Battuta’s attitude towards women in different places across the Muslim world; in particular, places where women did not veil themselves or wher
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Stef
Sep 10, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Tim Way
Aug 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very approachable introduction to one of the world's greatest travellers. I found Battuta's viewpoints on the travels most interesting. Marrying, divorcing, parenting as he travelled all were entirely acceptable; brandishing errant slaves also seemed within reason, but visiting a court and not being given money or presents to keep him during his stay was totally wrong!

A must read for any traveller.
Vivek
May 09, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A travelogue of Ibn battuta, the original traveler before "love of travel" became a virtue. The book is an edited account of his travels spanning over 30 years which took him through Africa, the Middle East, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, China, Indonesia and the Maldives among others. Peppered with entertaining anecdotes , it provides a great picture of life across the world in the 14th Century. The editing is good and the book is well annotated. Recommended read.
Bob Finch
Apr 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, religion
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
Asad
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Is it possible that this could be the world's first novel? Okay, I know there's a lot of argument about this. Some say it's The Tale of Genji (c. 1021). Some say it's Don Quixote (c. 1615). But I think The Travels of Ibn Battutah (c. 1354) is a good candidate.

You might say it's not a novel because it wasn't intended as fiction. I say "come on." The section about China does not really match what we know about China. Also, most historians looking at the work say he never went to China. So that par
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Val
May 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ibn Battutah travelled all over the Muslim world and most of Asia. He wrote about the places he visited, the people he met and the things he saw.
He also wrote about his own life.
This is a fascinating and very readable account and even in translation his personality shines through his words.
Radiah
Nov 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: travel, history, classics
A really interesting insight into medieval travel and the thoughts and observations of a medieval era man.
Crockett
Jan 22, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The dude got around...
Kiran Bhat
Ibn Battutah was a 14th century globe trotter. He left his native Morocco to travel Eastwards for about 18 years (much like how I am doing now). Along the way, he gleamed many observations of the various nations of his time. As a work of art, this book would be difficult to adore. Battutah writes from a strongly Islamic perspective which obscures the true nature of the people he is meeting. He sees them not necessarily as people, but to what degree they deviate from Islam. I did not learn much a ...more
Tim Johnson
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I gave The Travels of Ibn Battuta... four stars and some readers will think that is too many because Ibn Battuta writes too many stories that are apparent facsimiles; however, I read the totality of his journal as a movement through many different lands as well as a much different mind-set where myth and reality confront each other.

Another factor of forgiveness enters the play of his words when he subjects my knowledge of geography to the degree that upsets my a too old brain.

These are the secti
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Tim Hicks
Jun 12, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
I guess we'll never know how much truth is here. The translator has clearly tried to match things up with known records, and they often match.

IB was clearly a very privileged person, even at age 21. There's a very brief explanation of how his trade was very much in demand, but he seems to have been able to walk in anywhere, sometimes dirty and empty-handed, and be given vast amounts of largesse and a prestigious job.

He remembers all the names (not always accurately), even though many are simil
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Dan
Ibn Battutah traveled most of 14th century muslim world and later had his recollections written up by a servant. This book largely is not in his own words but instead recounted by the editor along with some supplementary historical information from other sources for background.

Battutah's journeys took him from Morocco, where he was born a Berber, across northern Africa and around the middle east, south far along the east African coast, north to the Black Sea, southeast to India, then to Malaysia
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Sagheer Afzal
Mar 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fascinating insight into medieval civilisation. In this travelogue you can appreciate Ibn Battutah's eye for detail and his remarkable visual memory, but I found the anecdotes describing the habits of rulers and their people far more interesting. Upon having read this book I was left with the curious notion that the world in 1332 was a far more hospitable and generous than the one today. How many people would be assured of hospitality if they went into a random town and asked a stranger for fo ...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 a
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