Travels with a tangerine by tim macintosh-smith is a slow read, but one that i savored it is a travel book that describes the wonders of travel by following the footsteps of the fourteenth century pilgrim, ibn battutah who had the specific sense of [the]mystical,[and]transcendental (114. N tangier, shams al-din abu 'abdallah muhammad ibn 'abdallah ibn muhammad ibn ibrahim ibn muhammad ibn ibrahim ibn yusuf al-lawati al-tanji ibn battuta was born into a well-established family of qadis (judges) on february 25, 1304, the year 723 of the muslim calendar. In 1333, ibn battuta arrived in india after traveling through much of west asia here too, he was well-received by the sultan of india the sultan honored him with feasts and gifts and gave him an important position as grand judge of the capital. Ibn battuta (1304-68/69) hailed from morocco and traveled most of the known world in the course of twenty-nine years, holding a range of government posts in different territories later in life, his memories were written down by the scribe ibn juzayy. Ibn battuta had reached as far as the eastern coast of china before turning around and zigzagging all the way back to morocco  ibn battuta was a trained qadi, or judge, but he was also proficient in geography, botany and islamic theology, and he possessed a social scientist's capacity to observe.
Ibn battuta-ibn baṭūṭah, or simply ibn battuta, was a moroccan explorer of berber descent he is known for his extensive travels, accounts of which were published in the rihla over a period of thirty years, ibn battuta visited most of the known islamic world as well as many non-muslim lands. A month in cairo ibn battuta illustrated how life inside the walled city of cairo was, it was very much populated and busy its tiny streets were occupied with locals, donkeys, and camels along the hundreds of stores and markets. Much to ibn battuta's surprise, the sultan appointed him as his ambassador to the emperor of china he set sail for china in 1342, but was shipwrecked he eventually arrived by sea in southern china in 1346.
Ibn battuta's travels made him a witness to a broad array of ancient cultures as he travelled through some 44 modern-day countries the scope of his travels defies imagination: it is estimated that he covered 73 000 miles in his travels marco polo, by comparison, covered a mere 15 000 miles in his. Ibn battuta was one of the great geographers and explorers of the 14th century and his book travels of ibn battuta is a treasure trove for anyone wishing to know more about asian trading routes and hubs of this era and the people and cultures that populated and surrounded them. Ibn battuta muhammad ibn battuta (1304-ca 1368) was a moorish traveler whose extensive voyages as far as sumatra and china, southern russia, the maldives, the east african coast, and timbuktu made him one of the greatest medieval travelers. 4 5 the abode of islam during the life of ibn battuta, islamic civilization stretched from the atlantic coast of west africa across northern africa, the middle east, and india to. Ibn battuta returns to the steppe kingdom of uzbeg khan, from where he journeys on deeper into central asia and then to india, java, and china he then returns westward and homeward, arriving at the city of fez in morocco in november of 1349.
Ibn battuta travels overland from algiers to tunis pp 43-45 on reaching al-jaza'ir [algiers] we halted outside the town for a few days, until the former party rejoined us, when we went on together through the mitija [the fertile plain behind algiers] to the mountain of oaks [jurjura] and so reached bijaya [bougiel. Show more sentences ibn battuta was very impressed with the hospitality that he received and would later stay in their hospices in more than 25 towns ibn battuta was given charge of the embassy but en route to the coast at the start of the journey to china, he and his large retinue were attacked by a. Much of ibn battuta's account of the city is elegiac, for in his time the western side of the city, where the caliph al-ma'mun had built the great bayt al-hikma (house of wisdom) and other monuments, was largely a vast edifice of ruins the mantle of greatness—and the caliphate itself—had shifted to. Ibn battuta sought out knowledge in his breathtaking journeys and eventually compiled his experiences in the rihla, one of the most significant travel books ever written ibn battuta decided to take the most difficult path to mecca, as he had seen it in a dream the voyage was not an easy one. If there is much misunderstanding in the west about the nature of islam, there is also much ignorance about the debt our own culture and civilisation owe to the islamic world it is a failure which stems, i think, from the straitjacket of history which we have inherited the medieval islamic world.
Ibn battuta's document was not a very reliable source because evidence shows that his descriptions were not accurate, and that he could not have made his journey in the time he stated in conclusion the muslim world was heavily based on trade and religion alike. Fourteen stations of ibn battuta's journey are accompanied by twelve maps and multiple black-white photos 2 the reader is prepared for departure by a preface (p. He documented all of his travels and wrote about them in a book this book had lots of information about foreign countries and what life was like, so it is a great reference to learn about the muslim world at that time.
Ibn battuta left his hometown in 1325 and began the journey to mecca after his pilgrimage, ibn battuta stayed in india for eight years as a quadi, or judge, for the sultan of delhi he claimed in his jounals that delhi was the greatest city of hindustan, and indeed of all islamism in the east. beginning in 1326, ibn battuta journeyed through what are today iraq and iran he traveled not only to study islam but also to learn about other cultures in 1334, ibn battuta arrived in delhi, india, where he sought a high-paying job in the government of the sultan.
Ibn battuta, a muslim traveler, was born feb 25, 1304, in tangier, morocco although nearly every westerner has heard of marco polo, few are aware of ibn battuta, yet ibn battuta left marco in the dust travel-wise (the proverbial dust, since ibn battuta sojourned some 50 years after marco), travelling over three times as far, under much more. Ibn battuta, an arab scholar and traveler, has garnered more recognition for his travel journals than marco polo the accounts of his journeys in the account of his journeys in eurasia and africa between 1325 and 1354 is one of the most absorbing and historically valuable documents to come. Abu abdullah muhammad ibn battuta (february 24 1304 to 1368 to 1377, year of death uncertain) was born in tangier, morocco during the time of merinid sultanate rule in the islamic calendar year 703, into a berber family. On june 14, 1325, at the age of 21, ibn battuta rode out of tangier on a donkey, the start of his journey to mecca unlike the young marco polo, he was quite alone, as illustrated by this passage from the travels of ibn battuta , his detailed account of his wanderings.