Ibn Batuta, the Arab Marco Polo

Further Reading

Ibn Batuta traveled through a huge swath of the known world of the fourteenth century, and reading about his journey may make you want to find out more about his world. Below are just a few of the many resources available on other medieval travelers and the Islamic world.

Ibn Jubayr, Muhammad ibn Ahmad. The Travels of Ibn Jubayr. William Wright, ed. New York: AMS Press, 1973.
Davis DS36.6 .I26 1973
Ibn Jubayr was a 12th century Spanish Muslim traveler. The text of this volume is in Arabic, with a reading glossary and an introduction in English.
The Labyrinth: Resources for Medieval Studies. Sponsored by Georgetown University.
http://labyrinth.georgetown.edu. Accessed December 3, 2003.
Collected links to online resources searchable by subject, such as Islam, Travel, Geography, and more.
Polo, Marco. The Travels of Marco Polo. A modern translation by Teresa Waugh from the Italian by Maria Bellonci. New York: Facts on File Publications, 1984.
Davis G370 .P72 1984
An attractive volume with line drawings and color photographs of romantically recreated scenes.
Savory, R. M., ed. Introduction to Islamic Civilisation. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1976.
Davis DS 36.85 .I57
Includes illustrations and maps.
Shihab al-Din. A Fourteenth Century Arab Account of India Under Sultan Muhammad Bin Tughluq (Being English Translation of the Chapters on India from Masalik al-Absar fi-Mamalik al-Amsar). Aligarh, India: Siddiqi Publishing House, 1971.
Perkins 915.4 I14F
Shaikh Shihab al-Din al `Umari compiled the reports of travelers during the 14th century; this book contains his book's two chapters on India.
Sourdel, Dominique. Medieval Islam. London ; Boston : Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1983. Translation of L'Islam medieval by J. Montgomery Watt.
Davis DS38.3 .S6313 1983
A comprehensive survey of the medieval Islamic world.
Stern, S. M., ed. History and Culture in the Medieval Muslim World. London: Variorum Reprints, 1984.
Davis DS38.3 .S84 1984
A collection of reprinted articles on specific topics.
Wagstaff, J.M. The Evolution of Middle Eastern Landscapes: An Outline to A.D. 1840. London: Croom Helm, 1985.
Davis DS62 .W28 1985b
A study of geographical knowledge of the Middle East.


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