Book Review: Ibn Battuta The journey of a medieval Muslim by Edoardo Albert

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Book Review: Ibn Battuta The journey of a medieval Muslim by Edoardo Albert

Book Review: Ibn Battuta The journey of a medieval Muslim by Edoardo Albert

There’s something about Islamic geometric designs on a book that pull me in. With this book, it doesn’t stop with just the cover, there’s beautiful designs in the inner pages too.

I purchased a picture book about Ibn Battuta for my kids a few years ago. When this book arrived in the post, they already knew who he was.

Ibn Battuta was a traveller, who’s desire to explore the world took him further than any other man during the medieval times. He travelled roughly 75,000 miles, that’s said to have been about 40 countries, 40 COUNTRIES!

It reminds me of an verse from the Qur’an, in Surah Al Ankabut, verse 29:

Say: Travel through the earth

And see how Allah did

Originate creation; so will

Allah produce a later creation:

For Allah has power Over all things.

Ibn Batuta did just that, he literally travelled the earth! To follow his journey was amazing, it showed us how passionate he was about travelling and how he hustled his way from once place to another. Most importantly how he followed and stood firm in his faith–Islam. He wasn’t influenced, he was the influencer, carrying Allah words where ever he went. It definitely ignited a spark in me to travel, MarShaAllah.

The author has used simple and clear writing, making it easy for readers to understand. Although it’s aimed at older children, I appreciated reading this too. There are beautiful illustrations throughout, mainly of historic places and art, all with descriptions which always adds to the illustrations.

I liked the timeline at the back of the book, it was useful to refer back to with my kids. It starts from his birth and finishes at his final journey, where he passed away.

In between the text, we get little paragraphs ‘in his own words’ where snippets were taken from his journal–the Rihla. I absolutely loved reading those the most, reading his own words made the journey more real.

I found the explanations useful, they added more depth to my understanding. I was amazed at my 9 year old, who made a connection with the Mongol Empire with Ertugrul, a series we’ve been watching as a family. Loosely based on history. My smile was big when he connected the dots!

I know this author has written more non-fiction books and I look forward to adding them to my collection, InShaAllah. Thank you Kube Publishing for sending me a copy for a honest review.

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