Title The Travels of Ibn Battuta to India, the Spice Islands, and China
Author Albion M. Butters, Translator: Noel Q. King
ISBN 9781558766341
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 232
Book size 153 x 229 mm
Publishing year 2018
Original publisher Markus Wiener Publishers (Eurospan Group)
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Exclusive distributors Viva Books Private Limited
Sales territory India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, .
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The era in which Ibn Battuta traveled to the East was exciting but turbulent, cursed by the Black Plague and the fall of mighty dynasties. His account provides a first-hand account of increased globalisation due to the rise of Islam, as well as the relationship between the Western world and India and China in the 14th century. There are insights into the complex power dynamics of the time, as well a personal glimpse of the author’s life as he sought to survive them, always staying on the move. The Rihla contains great value as a historical document, but also for its religious commentary, especially regarding the marvels and miracles that Ibn Battuta encountered. It is also an entertaining narrative with a wealth of anecdotes, often humorous or shocking, and in many cases touchingly human. The book records the journey of
Ibn Battuta, a Moroccan jurist who travels to the East, operating at high levels of government within the vibrant Muslim network of India and China. It offers fascinating details into the cultures and dynamics of that region, but goes beyond other travelogues due to the dramatic narrative of its author – tragedies and wonders fill its pages – shared for the greater glory of Allah and the edification of its contemporary audience in the West.



The Rihla


Sri Lanka and Ma’bar

Bengal and Assam

China and Khita

Return to the West


Places Names Cited

Dramatis Personae


About the Translator and Editor

About the Author:

Ibn Battuta (1304-1377) was one of the first great travellers in world history – a century before Marco Polo. He was a scholar of Islamic law and found employment all over the Muslim world as a traveling judge or advisor to the rulers. He travelled to medieval Ghana, Mecca, India, and China and wrote his travel stories after his return to his native Tangier, Morocco, which were widely translated numerous times from Arabic.

Noel King was a modern-day travelling scholar. Born and educated in British India, he taught first at Indian universities, before moving to East Africa, where he taught at universities in Kenya and Uganda before his final appointment in the 1960s as Chair of the Religion Department at the University of California in Santa Cruz.

Target Audience:

People interested in History and Travel Writing.


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