2017 Student Research Conference:
30th Annual Student Research Conference

Cultural Interpretations and Comparisons of the Works of Ibn Battuta and Marco Polo

Paige M. Cline
Dr. Stephanie L. Russell, Faculty Mentor

This study aims to determine the cultural content that can be derived from two of the most notable writers from the Silk Road era:  Marco Polo and Ibn Battuta.  My data was gathered from primary sources: The Travels of Marco Polo and The Travels of Ibn Battuta, AD 1325-1354.  While both excursionists illustrate the cultural societies that they may have interacted with, Ibn Battuta’s descriptions exemplify less religious bias than those of Marco Polo and we can therefore derive more accurate Eastern cultural substance from Battuta’s interactions and more of the Western orientalist view from Polo’s.

Keywords: Ibn Battuta, Marco Polo, History


Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 108-4
Location: VH 1224
Time: 8:45

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