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    The Travels of Ibn Battuta

  “I left Tangier, my birthplace, the 13th of June 1325 with the intention of making the pilgrimage [ to Mecca]... to leave all my friends both female and

male, to abandon my home as birds abandon their nests. ” So begins an old manuscript in a library in Paris—the travel journal of Ibn Battuta.

  Almost two centuries before Columbus, this young Moroccan set off for Mecca, returning home three decades later as one of history’s great travelers. Driven

by curiosity, he journeyed to remote comers of the Islamic world, traveling through 44 modem countries, three times as far as Marco Polo. Little celebrated in

the West2, his name is well known among Arabs. In his hometown of Tangier, a square, a hotel, a cafe, a ferry boat, and even a hamburger are named after him.

  Ibn Battuta stayed in Mecca as a student for several years, but the urge to travel soon took over. In one adventure, he traveled to India seeking profitable

employment with the Sultan of Delhi.3 On the way, he described his group being attacked in the open country by 80 men on foot, and two horsemen: “we fought

... killing one of their horsemen and about twelve of the foot soldiers ….I was hit by an arrow and my horse by another, but God in his grace preserved me ....

We carried the heads of the slain to the castle of Abu Bak, har ... and suspended them from the wall. ” In Delhi, the sultan gave him the position of judge,

based on his prior study at Mecca. But the sultan had an unpredictable character, and Ibn Battuta looked for an opportunity to leave. When the sultan offered to

finance a trip to China, he agreed. Ibn Battuta set off in three ships, but misfortune struck while he was still on the shore. A sudden storm grounded and broke

up two ships, scattering treasure and drowning many people and horses. As he watched, the third ship, with all his belongings and slaves一one carrying his child

—was carried out to sea and never heard from again.

  After a lifetime of incredible adventures, Ibn Battuta was finally ordered by the Sultan of Morocco to return home to share his wisdom with the world.

Fortunately, he consented and wrote a book that has been translated into numerous languages, allowing people everywhere to read about his unparalleled journeys.

    练习:

  1. What is the passage mainly about?
  A) Visitors to Mecca.
  B) The adventures of Ibn Battuta.
  C) Ibn Battuta’s character.
  D) Asian countries of the 14th century.

  2. The Sultan of Delhi gave Ibn Battuta a position of judge because • .
  A) the sultan needed a translator.
  B) Ibn Battuta had been a judge before.
  C) Ibn Battuta had studied in Mecca.
  D) Ibn Battuta had traveled to many countries.

  3. Which of the following would the writer of this passage most likely agree with?
  A) Ibn Battuta’s journeys were very common for people of that time.
  B) Ibn Battuta’s stories are probably not true.
  C) Ibn Battuta’s journey was less important than Marco Polo’s.
  D) Ibn Battuta should be better known in the West today.

  4. Why did Ibn Battuta finally return to his home?
  A) He was tired of traveling.
  B) He didn’t have any more money.
  C) He feared the Sultan of Delhi.
  D) The Sultan of Morocco asked him to return.

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