Author

Abby Gibbons

Date of Award

12-2018

Type

Thesis

Major

Art

Degree Type

Bachelor of Arts

Department

History and Geography

First Advisor

Ryan Lynch

Second Advisor

Shannon Godlove

Third Advisor

Cindy Ticknor

Abstract

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.

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Geography Commons

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