Abercrombie, Thomas J. "Ibn Battuta, Prince of Travelers," National Geographic. National Geographic Society, December, 1991.
A brief but fine overview of the scholar's travels, this article features a clear and excellent map, as well as great pictures of the area. Best of all is a time-lapse photograph of Hajjis circling the Kaaba
Anglin, Jay Pascal, and William J. Hamblin. World History to 1648. New York: Harper Collins Publishers, Inc., 1993.
Very concise summaries and timelines of world civilizations. Information is often superficial, but it's easy to find information about major places, events, and governments very quickly.
Azzam, Abd al-Rahman. Ibn Battuta in the Valley of Doom. London: Hood Hood Books, 1996.
This children's book is an entertaining source to show the travails of travel by caravan. Using it in conjunction with quotes from the Rihla also offers good material for the discussion of writer's craft.
Bierhorst, John. The Mythology of Mexico and Central America. New York: William Morrow and Company, Inc., 1990.
Although I don't directly use material from this book, it is a good of mythology in the Americas and could help students understand the Aztecs.
Dunn, Ross E. The Adventures of Ibn Battuta. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1986.
This book provides an excellent look at the Muslim world in the early fourteenth century, but for quotes from the Rihla other sources are needed.
Durkee, Noura. The Amazing Adventures of Ibn Battuta. Cambridge: Hood Hood Books, 1995.
I used the last few pages relating to Ibn Battuta's travels in China.
Gibb, H. A. R. The Travels of Ibn Battuta, Vol I. New Delhi, India: Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd., 2004.
This book covers Ibn Battuta's first Mecca visit, but not his later travels to China and Damascus.
Gibb, H. A. R. The Travels of Ibn Battuta Vols. I - III. New Delhi, India: Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd., 1999.
This book contains the previously cited volume and it may be hard to find. Quotes were taken from the other two Gibb sources.
Gibb, H. A. R. The Travels of Ibn Battuta, Vol. IV. London: The Hakluyt Society, 1994.
C. F. Beckingham completed this last volume of Ibn Battuta's travels after Gibb's death.
Hansen, Valerie, and Kenneth Curtis. Voyages in World History. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, forthcoming 2009.
This book offers further information on the time period, particularly Kennewick Man and Ibn Battuta.
Mackintosh-Smith, Tim. Travels with a Tangerine. New York: Random House, 2001.
I did not directly use any of the material in this book, but it is a witty, entertaining look at the Muslim world, comparing what Ibn Battuta saw to the world today.
Miller, Mary Ellen. The Art of Mesoamerica. London: Thames and Hudson, 1986.
This is a good collection of artwork, architectural diagrams, and maps of Tenochtitlan and other Aztec cities.
Rumford, James. Traveling Man: The Journey of Ibn Battuta, 1325-1354. Boston: Houghton-Mifflin Co., 2001.
The incredible illustrations in this children's book bring Ibn Battuta to life, though one could question the accuracy of the text. The text is more a series of vignettes of his travel years than a chronological retelling of the Rihla.
Stuart, George e., and Gene S. Stuart, Discovering Man's Past in the Americas. National Geographic Society, 1969.
This book offers concise information about Tenochtitlan, but no useful illustrations.