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The Travels of Ibn Battuta, AD 1325-1354

Ibn Battuta was born in Tangier in 1304. Between 1324 and 1354 he journeyed through North Africa and Asia Minor and as far as China. On a separate voyage he crossed the Sahara to the Muslim lands of West Africa. His journeys are estimated to have covered over 75,000 miles and he is the only medieval traveller known to have visited every Muslim state of the time, besides the 'infidel' countries of Istanbul, Ceylon and China. Sir Hamilton Gibb's edition comprises four volumes with introduction and full notes. This first complete and scholarly edition in English has proved a classic, essential to orientalists and illuminating to medievalists. The travels are a major source for the political and economic life of large regions of Asia and Africa. The observations of this intelligent representative of Islamic culture on almost all the known inhabited world beyond Europe provide fruitful comparisons with the life and geographical knowledge of the West. Translated with revisions and new annotation from the Arabic text edited by C. Defremery and B.R. Sanguinetti. This set comprises Second Series 110, 117, 141, and 178; the main pagination of all the volumes is continuous. It is completed with the index in Second Series 190. This is a new print-on-demand hardback edition of the volumes first published in 1958, 1962, 1971, 1994 and 2000.
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Contents: Volume 1. Foreword; Ibn Juzay's Introduction, in which the origin and compilation of the book is set forth; North-West Africa and Egypt; Syria; From Damascus to Mecca; Mecca; From Mecca to Kufa; Bibliography. Volume 2. Foreword to Volume II; Southern Persia and Iraq; Southern Arabia, East Africa and the Persian Gulf; Asia Minor and South Russia; Bibliography; Appendix. Volume 3. Foreword to Volume III; Turkestan and Khurasan; Sind and North-Western India; The city of Dihli and its sultans; Sultan Muhammad ibn Tughluq; The reign of Sultan Muhammad ibn Tughluq; Ibn Battuta's stay in Dihli; Bibliography. Volume 4. Foreword to Volume Four; From Dihli to Kinbaya; South India; The Maldives; Ceylon; Coromandel, Malabar and the Maldives; Bengal and Assam; South-East Asia; China; From China to Morocco; Spain; The Country of the Blacks; Bibliography. Volume 5. Note to the Index. Index of The Travels of Ibn Battuta Volumes I-IV.

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H.A.R. Gibb and C.F. Beckingham

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