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READ PDF Î رحلة ابن بطوطة في افريقيا ½ Abu Abdalla Ibn Battuta Was One Of The Greatest Travelers Of Pre Modern Times He Traveled To Black Africa Twice He Reported About The Wealthy, Multi Cultural Trading Centers Of The African East Coast, Such As Mombasa And Kilwa, And The Warm Hospitality He Experienced In Mogadishu He Also Visited The Courts Of Mansa Musa And Neighboring States During Its Period Of Prosperity From Mining And The Trans Saharan Trade He Wrote Disapprovingly Of Sexual Integration In Families And Of A Hostility Toward The White Man Ibn Battuta S Description Is A Unique Document Of The High Culture, Pride, And Independence Of Black African States In The Fourteenth Century This Book Is One Of The Most Important Documents About Black Africa Written By A Non European Medieval Historian The New Appendices Include Reports By Contemporary Arab Travelers Who Witnessed Events Described By Ibn Battuta, Such As Ibn Khaldun, Al Maqqari, Ibn Al Dawadari And Al Maqrizi New Foreword And Bibliography By Ross Dunn New And Expanded Appendices This was a very interesting read especially for anyone interested in anthropology or historical customs It is an ancient travelogue of a guy named Ibn Battuta He traveled around the Middle East, Asia Minor, India, and Africa for 29 years During this time, the majority of the people in these places were Muslim, and this common cultural element is what enabled Ibn Battuta free reign to travel where he pleased He would stay in places for a few days or a few months Everywhere he went, he wrote about his activities, people s customs, and his thoughts about what he saw From the introduction, it sounds like he wrote about all of his travels, but this book only covers his travels across Africa specifically down the eastern coast along the Indian Ocean, and across the western Sahara This is not a modern travelogue, so there are portions that are somewhat dry However, it s also a very fast read and has a lot of fascinating details It s also a short read The tale itself is only 75 pages long, with the rest of the book being footnotes and appendixes. The Muslim world of the 14th century, just like the Roman world of the 2nd century AD or the world of the Fertile Crescent Civilizations 3000 1000 BC, was pretty much just like ours in the ways that count.The realm of Islam covered much of the known world in the 14th century Some people traveled around it just for the sake of experience and such, like this guy He was from Morocco, and made it as far as China, Europe, and Sub Saharan Africa, this last one being the journey chronicled in this book Africa had large, rich, and stable kingdoms along the coasts, which grew prosperous by mediating trade between the people living in the interior and traders from far away, Muslims, Europeans and others Ibn Battuta s account makes it clear that there was no racism of the kind we in the West have come to know so well back then, although there was plenty of pettiness and accusations of provincialism leveled at anyplace that was not Mecca or Medina There was certainly slavery, but crucially, it was not identified with race.Pretty interesting book to read, since it is so easy to see oneself as living in those times I feel like anything that can shake us out of our lazy, complacent ethnocentrism and superior attitudes can only be a good thing Revealing the past for what it is the present of people who lived before can only make us aware of our own mortality, fallibility, and profound unremarkable ness Our present will be judged by the people who come after us, and have no doubt, they will not think us brilliant for spending all our time figuring out how to make the economy grow while destroying the planet that sustains us all at an ever increasing rate If we don t fuck up so bad there is no intelligent life to judge us at all, that is.On a totally unrelated note there are color photos of Russia from over 100 years ago that are a life changing experience, something that will play with your head and leave you unable to think of the past as The Past ever again A number of them are here the Library of Congress has the collection in its entirety, thousands of pictures and negatives. Extremely interesting first documented report by a traveler in Western and Eastern Africa It provides a rare non racist and non european insight to the cultures and realities of Mali and the Swahili coast 700 years ago Especially interesting if the reader has some degree of relationship or affinity with the continent.