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The Odyssey of Ibn Battuta : Uncommon Tales of a Medieval Adventurer (Hardcover)

Author: Waines, David

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Ibn Battuta was, without doubt, one of the world?s truly great travelers. Born in fourteenth-century Morocco, and a contemporary of Marco Polo, Ibn Battuta left an account in his own words of his remarkable journeys, punctuated by adventure and peril, throughout the Islamic world and beyond. Whether sojourning in Delhi and the Maldives, wandering through the mazy streets of Cairo and Damascus, or contesting with pirates and shipwreck, the indefatigable Ibn Battuta brought to vivid life a medieval world brimming with marvel and mystery. Carefully observing the great diversity of civilizations that he encountered, Ibn Battuta exhibited an omnivorous interest in such matters as food and drink; religious differences among Christians, Hindus, and Shia Muslims; and ideas about purity and impurity, disease, women, and sex.

David Waines offers here a graceful analysis of Ibn Battuta?s travelogue. This is a gripping treatment of the life and times of one of history?s most daring, and at the same time most human, adventurers.

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Publisher Univ of Chicago Pr
Mfg Part# 9780226869858
SKU 214701918
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0226869857
Release Date 7/15/2010
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0240
Publisher University of Chicago Press
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