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Ibn Batuta, the Arab Marco Polo

Dictionary and Encyclopedia Entries

Dictionary Entry

Shaun E. Marmon. “Battuta, Ibn.” Dictionary of the Middle Ages. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1982. Vol. 2, 130-1.
Davis Reference D114 .D5 1982
An introduction to Ibn Batuta’s travels and historical significance. See “Battuta, Ibn” entry in index volume for references in other articles.

Encyclopedia Articles

"Ibn Batuta." The Encyclopedia of Islam, New Edition. London: Luzac & Co., 1971. Vol. 3, 735-6.
Davis Reference DS35.53 .I83 1994
Perkins reference 909.097671 I82 1994
An excellent brief introduction, includes bibliography.
“Ibn Battuta.” Encyclopedia Britannica. Chicago: Encyclopedia Britannica, Inc., 2002. Vol. 6, p. 218-219.
Davis Reference AE5 .E363 2002
Perkins Reference 031 N532 2002
A good brief narrative of his reported travels, with an assessment of the authenticity of his claims (“on the whole, Ibn Battutah is reliable”).
Richard van Leeuven. “Ibn Battuta, Abu Abdallah (1304-1368).” Trade, Travel and Exploration in the Middle Ages: An Encyclopedia. New York: Garland Publishing, 2000. 269-70.
Davis Reference D114 .T73 2000 c.1
An introduction to Ibn Batuta’s travels, including a bibliography.

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