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World History Honors (Grady)

AP World History, Postclassical Era

Hajj Assignment, 2016

 

“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.”

- Ibn Battuta

 

As you know, there were a number of heavily traveled trade networks during the postclassical era. Reasons for the journeys included trade, pilgrimages, missionary activity, diplomatic missions and adventure. Marco Polo, a well-known traveler from this era, is famed for covering over 25,000 miles during his journeys. Yet this pales in comparison to Ibn Battuta, a 14th century Moroccan scholar who traveled 75,000 miles over his lifetime. He began his travels in his early 20s with the intention of making his hajj. In fact, he visited Mecca four times in the course of his travel. Ibn Battuta’s journeys will form the framework for this assignment.

 

Your task is to document your own fictional hajj to Mecca, as either Ibn Battuta or as a member of his caravan. Your travel journal is due on Monday, November 7. You may work alone or with up to two partners in any AP World History section. If working with a partner, you will only turn in one journal, written as one person or as if you were traveling together. This assignment is worth 100 points.

 

Use the web links on the course website to get a sense of the routes traveled by Ibn Battuta. Then plan a hajj along at least one major trade route to Mecca that was used by Ibn Battuta (your entire journey does not need to correspond with his). You will write a fictional, yet historically accurate, travel journal of your trip. Your final product should look like an authentic journal from this era, including a map showing your route. Your journey must include a stop at Mecca, but you do not need to include details about fulfilling the hajj.

 

Ibn Battuta will be funding this hajj by incorporating merchant activity into his journey. You must include descriptions of one luxury good that he is transporting. Clearly incorporate the information from the checklist on the back of this page into your project. Include a works cited page at the end of your journal for written materials (not necessary for pictures). Be creative and have fun!

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Required items

? Product looks professional and authentic

? Journal includes descriptions of at least four places visited (that were also visited by the Ibn Battuta): for each, includes at least three of the following: major sites, predominant religion(s), languages spoken, and types of goods being imported and exported

? At least one city must be from the following list: Timbuktu, Swahili city-states, Hangzhou, Calicut, Baghdad or Melaka

? Includes a stop at Mecca to fulfill the hajj (can be at any point in your journey)

? Map of journey and at least three other pictures are included (hand-drawn or from electronic sources)

? Information is historically accurate from the time period 1325-1354

? Includes description of a luxury good that Ibn Battuta is fictionally transporting, including its place of origin and destination, from the following list: silk or cotton textiles, porcelain, spices, precious metals and gems, slaves, exotic animals

? Describes Ibn Battuta’s transportation throughout this journey, including a description of a layover at a caravanserai, as well as use of one of the following navigational technologies: compass or astrolabe

? Describes a specific diasporic community and at least one cultural tradition it introduced to the indigenous culture (can be a community within one of the four cities you visit, see page two of Unit 3 Key Concepts for ideas)

? Product is a minimum of five pages, maximum of eight pages (not including pictures, maps or works cited)

? Works cited: minimum of four sources, uses proper MLA format

? Text is submitted to Turnitin (class ID and password are on course website) – this version should be free of pictures and in standard MLA format

 

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