Ibn Battut A Islamic Scholar Essay

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Traveling for a period of nearly thirty years, Ibn Battuta, an Islamic scholar, traveled from North Africa to West Africa, Southern and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Born in Morocco Battuta was a Muslim by religion and spoke Arabic, which allowed him to travel freely; supported by generous gifts from rulers met during his excursions. Documenting his journey by describing the people, places, and cultures he encountered, Battuta’s first hand accounts allow greater understanding of the fourteenth century Islamic world. Ibn Battuta’s account of his travels in sub-Saharan Africa tell us that the connections that linked sub-Saharan Africa to other parts of the world in the fourteenth century were dominated by religion and trade due to the crucial role Islam played in providing communication and security, and the financial connections between countries through trade. Ibn Battuta’s extensive travels highlight the solidarity of sub-Saharan Africa and other parts of the world joined together by Islam. Battuta’s religion and language permitted him access to food and lodgings wherever he traveled. During his visit to East Africa, Battuta resided near the Sultan of Maqdashaw, “…we came to that house which is near the [sultan’s] house. And it was bedded out and set up with what is necessary.” Upon arrival in Maqdashaw, Battuta was identified as a faqih; a type of scholar, and was promptly taken to the scholar’s house for dining and as a residence during his stay. Battuta…

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