Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts
History and Geography
This research explores the removal of surrounding populations within fourteenth century travel literature in the cities of Baghdad and Jerusalem, I analyze two Christian travelers, Marco Polo and John Mandeville, and one Muslim traveler, Ibn Battuta. As a basis of comparison, I discuss the twelfth century Muslim traveler, Ibn Jubayr. I specifically analyze Baghdad and Jerusalem due to the fact that they represent cities of centrality for Muslims and Christians, respectively, within medieval geographic understanding. I argue that fourteenth century travel literature presents a paradigm based in sensationalism and population removal due to their focus on entertainment and wonder, rather than education and dissemination of knowledge.
Gibbons, Abby, "Silent Cities: Sensationalism and Removed Populations Within Fourteenth Century Western Christian and Muslim Travel Accounts of Baghdad and Jerusalem" (2017). Theses and Dissertations. 368.