Query: Translated terms in Ibn Battuta's Travels

Sue Peabody's picture

Can anyone tell me which Arabic word(s) in Ibn Battuta's Travels were translated (in 1929) as "Negrolands" and "negroes" (317-318) and "blacks" (323-324) in reference to people of Mali?

Ibn Battuta, Travels in Asia and Africa 1325-1354, tr. and ed. H. A. R. Gibb, 2 vols. (London: Broadway House, 1929) in Internet Medieval Sourcebook at http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/source/1354-ibnbattuta.html. 

A student asked, and I can't find an easy answer.

Thanks in advance (on or off list),

Prof. Sue Peabody

Washington State University


Categories: Discussion, Research
Keywords: Arabic Language