Frederick William Dame
The National Geographic Society,
Taqiyya, and Kitman
Part Three of The National Geographic Society, Taqiyya, and Kitman exposed the lies behind the twelve claims made by Salim T.S. Al-Hassani and the National Geographic Society that appear on page 14 of 1001 Inventions The Enduring Legacy of Muslim Civilization, third edition, National Geographic Society, Washington, District of Columbia: 2012. Part Four will expose the lies behind the nine claims of Muslim contributions that appear on page 15 of that book.
Before the documented evidence is presented to show that none of the statements on page 15 of 1001 Inventions are true in their completeness, an addendum to Part Three is of the utmost importance. The matter at hand is Part Three, Number 5. Exploration Ibn Battuta. The claim and the commentary are herewith repeated:
Number 5. Exploration Ibn Battuta (1304-1368/70)
STATEMENT: Ibn Battuta traveled more than 75,000 miles in 29 years through more than 40 modern countries, compiling one of the best eyewitness accounts of the customs and practices of the medieval world.
TRUTHFUL COMMENT: The logic is faulty. Ibn Battuta traveled during this time, yet these countries were not modern. There are maps of Ibn Battuta's travels. The travels/explorations did take place. The statement indicates the best in Ibn Battuta's eyewitness accounts concerning the customs and practices of the medieval world. In fact, the racist, demeaning descriptions are probably more interesting than Ibn Battuta's travels. Here are some of Ibn Battuta's comments on the places and peoples he encountered during his travels.
"The Zanj are so uncivilized that they have no notion of a natural death. If a man dies a natural death, they think he was
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