Buttata’s Travels

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Ibn Battuta

these journals and was planning on going to Anatolia, I would be thrilled to go. He treats this place as if God has blessed it with the riches it produces. I believe that Battuta’s experience her was desirable which leads me to think that it a wonderful place to live.

 

My Takeaway

Overall, I believe that this man and his travels had a lot in common. What I am trying to say is that Battuta was a very strong man. He traveled places with barely any modern civilisation to the most lively and developed cities in the Middle East. He experienced prayer rituals by an open fire in Iraq and Persia where he also eat from the natural resources that were provided. He watched the villagers tear the heads off of snakes with their teeth. He also experienced the diverse and lively city of Cairo where everywhere he looked he saw a different kind of person. I believe that Battuta was a open-minded, well-rounded man with about as many different cultures in his life as one could have. Ibn Battuta was born in Tangier in 1304. His family had a background of service as judges. After he received his degree in Islamic law, he decided to travel. He left his homeland at 20 to make the annual pilgrimage to Mecca, commonly known as hajj. He then traveled over 70,000 miles over 44 modern day countries in nearly three decades. Known as a traveler and explorer, Battuta is most famous for the journals he kept while exploring these dangerous and unmodernised lands. These travels extended from present-day North and West Africa to Pakistan, India, the Maldives, Sri Lanka, Southeast Asia and China.

 

Cairo 1326

According to Ibn Battuta, life in Cairo was radiant and exciting. He described how all types of people lived here, young and old, muslim and christian. To quote Battuta he says “ There you find them all, the great scholars and the ignorant, men of stature, and frivolous men, the gentle and those short tempered, those with great fame, and those totally ignored”. To me he is saying that this city is a mixing pot of livelihood and diversity. He also describes how the city is so crowded that the movement of the people reminded him of waves of an ocean. His recordings of Cairo almost remind me of modern day NYC. It is easily one of the most diverse cities in the world with all different races, religions, and languages. From what I can take from Battuta’s writing, he adored the city and it’s diversity.

 

Iraq and Persia 1326-1327

Through Ibn Battuta’s eyes, Iraq and Persia were much less developed than Cairo. He states that some of the villagers took snakes and bit their heads clean off. Though, he does not seem very disgusted about it. He describes the night rituale with prayer and the playing of large drums. He says many of the villagers danced around the fire. To live here, it may be a bit of a struggle to get used to a more uncivilised culture. But, overall I think that Battuta appreciated the traditions of prayer here. All in all, a dirty but special place to live.

 

Anatolia 1330

Ibn Battuta describes Anatolia as one of the finest places in the world to live. He says that God has brought many of the riches to this one place that and thoroughly dispersed throughout other lands. He states that despite this land being conquered by the muslims, the christian population was still prominent. They traveled on the sea for 10 days and the christians did not collect any passage money. He describes them as respectable as well as respectful.

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