HIS 111
Ibn Battuta Paragraph Assignment


Pictured here is an old Persian caravanserai.  These structures, usually rectangular with a single, gated entry arch served as resting points for travelers and merchants (and their caravans) as they traveled along major trade routes.  The caravanserais could be simple or luxurious and were usually built about a day's travel apart.  Ibn Battuta in his many journeys stayed in these all over the Muslim world.  Photo credit travfotos.

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Reading the excerpt from Ibn Battuta about the African kingdom of Mali (along with the document background notes and the study questions) and answer the following question in a paragraph:

Citing specific evidence from Ibn Battuta (not from the textbook), what were some of the main features of Mali political practice and ceremony?

Your paragraph should be about one-half page in length, double-spaced with one-inch margins, font size 10 or 12; it should contain a concise topic sentence that directly responds to the assigned question (no need to define terms or cite a dictionary) and use direct, quoted material to support your points.  You may consider submitting a draft of your assignment to your instructor for feedback before submitting the assignment for a grade. Please send some specific questions that you would like answered about your draft. The questions can be general (Is my thesis/first sentence clear?) or specific (Is the phrase, "Chardin was jeweller," written correctly?).
Your assignment should be sent to your course instructor following the directions for submitting assignments.
Please take a moment to review all of my support materials in Charlie's History Writing Center for additional information on the writing requirements for the assignments in the course.
The Required Ibn Battuta Paragraph is worth a maximum of 50 points.



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