All this we owed to the professor Muhyi ad-Din--may God reward him with good! He pours into the other the sap that has collected, then washes the stalk, cuts off a small piece, and ties on another bowl. That being said, he appreciates certain aspects of society that he observes but he does not hesitate to criticize other aspects. As for figs and almonds, they are exported from Malaqa and its outlying districts to the lands both of the East and the West. Basra is one of the metropolitan cities of Iraq and no place on earth excels it in quantity of palm-groves. The inhabitants are pious, honourable, and upright, and they have well-built wooden mosques.
These waggons have four large wheels and are drawn by two or more horses, or by oxen or camels, according to their weight. The baths at Baghdad are numerous and excellently constructed, most of them being painted with pitch, which has the appearance of black marble. This building is said to mark the place whence Jesus ascended to heaven. When the Shaykh came out I greeted him and he bade me welcome. Mali's gold was important all over the world. They grow also betel-trees and coco-palms, which are found only in India and the town of Dhafari. It is situated on a high mound and lies three miles from the city on a long tongue of land which juts out into the sea from close by the city wall, so that the lighthouse cannot be reached by land except from the city.
Ibn Battuta travels on to Ta'izz and San'a We went on from there to the town of Ta'izz, the capital of the king of Yemen, and one of the finest and largest towns in that country. He fights with the infidels and besieges them. They traveled in the early morning and late afternoon and rested under awnings to avoid the scorching midday heat. Beck this book supported file pdf, txt, epub, kindle and other format this book has been release on 2010 with Africa categories. Along the bank there are quantities of hippopotamus bones.
The island is saline, and the inhabitants live on fish and dates exported to them from Basra. The only method of travelling in this desert is in waggons; it extends for six months' journey, of which three are in the territories of Sultan Muhammad Uzbeg. I was present with him one day when he had just appointed one of the Massufa to be amir of a section. The Indians have a high opinion of betel, and if a man visits a friend and the latter gives him five leaves of it, you would think he had given him the world, especially if he is a prince or notable. They have wells and artificial reservoirs to collect rainwater at some distance from the town. The interpreter stands at the gate of the council-place wearing fine garments of silk.
Formerly they were taxed a quarter of the value of their imports, but Sultan Muhammad abolished this tax and ordered that Muslim merchants should pay the legal tithe and infidel merchants a tenth. Click the appropriate button to start searching the book to get it in the format you are interested in. He examines the financing of Ibn Battuta's adventures; how geography and natural history are presented by him; how the Travels engage with issues of race and gender; and the religious milieu through which Ibn Battuta moved. We quenched our thirst at it and then washed our clothes. A party of Bejas came to us, so we hired camels from them and travelled with them through a country in which there are many gazelles. It is a single block, skilfully carved, erected on a plinth of square stones like enormous platforms, and no one knows how it was erected there nor for certain who erected it.
Its capital, the town of Nazwa, lies at the foot of a mountain and has fine bazaars and splendid clean mosques. The greater part is covered with gold so that the eyes of one who gazes on its beauties are dazzled by its brilliance, now glowing like a mass of light, now flashing like lightning. His work presents a descriptive account of Muhammadan society in the second quarter of the fourteenth century, which illustrates, among other things, how wide the sphere of influence of the Muslim merchants was. The commanders, qadi and preacher sit in their usual places. Outside the gate of this hall are platforms and shops, mostly of wood, where their judges and the recorders of their bureaux sit. It is surrounded by sea except on the east, where there is only one gate which no one is allowed to enter without permission from the governor, Ibrahim Bek, who is a son of Sulayman Padshah.
He also visited the courts of Mansa Musa and neighboring states during its period of prosperity from mining and the trans-Saharan trade. He stayed a month, taking part in all the ritual experiences and talking with diverse people from every Islamic land. Damascus had the largest concentration of famous theologians and jurists in the Arab-speaking world. I requested him to designate someone to ride in the city with me every day, that I might see its marvellous and rare sights and tell of them in my own country, and he appointed a man as I had asked. Her brother dismounted to her, because he was younger than her, and kissed her stirrup and she kissed his head. There is no instance of any of the boys having ever abused their trust in this matter, and they are given a fixed fee of a few coppers.
Ten days after our arrival we ate a gruel made of a root resembling colocasia, which is preferred by them to all other dishes. I visited the qadi in his house on the day of the festival. They put their children in chains if they show any backwardness in memorizing it, and they are not set free until they have it by heart. Festival ceremonial I was at Malli during the two festivals of the sacrifice and the fast-breaking. The hospitality and friendship received by Ibn Battuta The people of Damascus vie with one another in building mosques, religious houses, colleges and mausoleums.
Over his head were carried four canopies of coloured silk, each surmounted by a golden bird. The amir Baydara with five thousand troops travelled with her, and her own troops numbered about five hundred horsemen, two hundred of whom were her attendant slaves and Greeks, and the remainder Turks. The Sourcebook is a collection of public domain and copy-permitted texts related to medieval and Byzantine history. For example, in Sundiata, during lecture Professor Mitchell noted how the interaction between Nare Maghan and his new wife, Sogolon and his desire to consummate the marriage reflects the presence of gender roles and the patriarchy that was present. A curious fact is that these sardines are the sole food of their beasts and flocks, a thing which I have seen nowhere else.