Ibn Batuta, the Arab Marco Polo

Other Travel Writing and Children's Books

Maybe you'd like lighter fare, or just a different perspective. The following are excellent introductions to Ibn Batuta for anyone.

Travel Writing Inspired by Ibn Batuta

Mackintosh-Smith, Tim. Travels with a Tangerine: A Journey in the Footnotes of Ibn Battutah. London: John Murray, 2001 (New York: Welcome Rain Publishers, 2002).
Davis DS49 .M33 2001
Perkins 910.4 I13 M158 2002 (US reprint)
A delightful semi-retracing of the first part of Ibn Batuta's journey, Tangier to Constantinople, by a modern editor of his work.

Children's Books

Rumford, James. Traveling Man: the Journey of Ibn Battuta, 1325-1354. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2001.
SILS library, UNC J910 Rumford
A beautifully illustrated picture book about Ibn Batuta's travels. The text is in English, but Arabic passages and place names sprinkled throughout provide pleasant practice in reading various styles of calligraphy.
Lucile McDonald. The Arab Marco Polo, Ibn Battuta. Nashville: T. Nelson, 1975.
Davis G93.I24 M32
SILS library, UNC J92 Ibn Battuta
McDonald paraphrases and retells a selection of Ibn Batuta's stories in flowery prose. Includes a glossary of basic terms and features a helpful endsheet map showing the entire journey.

A Sufi performance

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