Primary resource Ibn Battuta. Travels in Asia and Africa 1325-1354, translated by H. A. R. Gibb, 106-122. London: Routledge, 2013. This assignment gives you the opportunity to develop the skills that you were practising in the earlier assignments – the Tentative Research Question and Thesis Statement, and the Annotated Bibliography. Your task now is to write a research essay of about 2000 words that makes an interesting argument based on your primary source with support from secondary sources. The essay should make an argument, and the argument should be articulated in a thesis statement that is analytical rather than descriptive, and focused rather than general. This argument may look similar to what you proposed in the first assignment (the Tentative Research Question and Thesis Statement), but it will likely require some reshaping now that you have also been reading secondary sources. Support the argument with plenty of evidence from the primary source itself, as well as information from secondary sources that provides context for your argument and support for your interpretation of the primary source. You may use more than three secondary sources if you like. Ensure that all of them are relevant, scholarly, and current. Assignments will be evaluated on the clarity of the thesis; the selection and presentation of evidence (including correct citation); organization; and the effective use of scholarly language.

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