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Ibn Battuta In Said Hamdun and Noel Kings book Ibn Battuta in Black Africa they point out some especially important contributions still lasting to modern day studies of society In the year 1331 ce the worlds major civilizations were in fact growing and advancing at an astonishing rate Historians know quite a bit about a few cultures and empires of this time These societies such as the Romans Greeks and Chinese to name a few kept written records of daily life and events Accounts of these societies for example are also briefly stated in records in societies of which they interacted In Ibn Battutas travels he not only visited the known societies but the unknown as well Travelers such as Marco Polo did the same but not to the extent that Ibn Battuta did Without the journals of Battuta we in modern times would know far less than we do now about less publicized cultures such as the ones he visited in East and West Africa In his writings he not only breaks light on many previously unknown cultures but he in doing so becomes one of the first of his kind to do it in a personal way He thus sheds light to his own in retrospect to the rest of the world In this paper I would not only like to point out some of the more important findings of his travels but the way in which his comments explains himself and what he believed to be the humble Islamic world In his travels within Eastern and Western Africa Ibn Battuta comments on almost every practice of local people that he encounters Some of the customs that he confronts pleases him and others do no more than enrage him In this period of time it was proper among Islamic believers to be very hospitable This sharing in the world of Islam meant that he could travel without money or without fear of
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