ERIC Number: ED429003
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Ibn Battuta: A View of the Fourteenth-Century World. A Unit of Study for Grades 7-10.
Arno, Joan; Grady, Helen
The adventures of Ibn Battuta, the Muslim world traveler, provide a mechanism for teaching about the early 14th century. The study of Ibn Battuta helps students to understand what is known about the past and how it is known, in terms of both history and historiography. The unit can be presented in connection with such commonly taught topics as Muslim civilization, the Mongol empires, West African kingdoms, Europe in the later Middle Ages, medieval trade and travel, Marco Polo, the Black Death, and the hemispheric context of the European voyages of discovery. Students will understand: (1) the geography of Afro-Eurasia and the features that connect large parts of this world region; (2) the significance of Ibn Battuta's journey in the context of historical documents and the religious and cultural experience of Muslims within Dar al-Islam; (3) maps and primary documents; and (4) the tools and dilemmas of the historian in doing research and using primary sources. Students will be able to write cohesive essays as well as verbally analyze the material presented. The unit contains an overview and rationale, extensive map exercises, a summary of Ibn Battuta's travels and adventures, and suggested activities designed to develop a variety of skills. Contains a 13-item bibliography. (BT)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Curriculum Enrichment, Foreign Countries, History Instruction, Islam, Learning Activities, Medieval History, Muslims, Secondary Education, Social Studies, Thinking Skills, Travel, Units of Study, World History
National Center for History in the Schools, University of California, Los Angeles, 6265 Bunche Hall, 405 Hilgard Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90024-1521.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Historical Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for History in the Schools, Los Angeles, CA.
Identifiers - Location: Africa