Overview of Ibn Battuta’s West African Work

Looking at Battuta’s work, even a small excerpt like the one found in the Corpus of Early Arabic Sources for West African History, it is understandable why he is seen as such an important source for medieval Africa.  He goes into fairly extensive detail on several different cultures and towns and covers a wide range of topics, like slaves, weapons, currency, trade, etc.  If I had not ever thought that he might have plagiarized or otherwise falsified his records, his works would have been a veritable gold mine of information.  However, that is not the case.

[Read more…]