Ross E. Dunn

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Ross E. Dunn is an American historian[1] and writer, the author of several books including The Adventures of Ibn Battuta,[2] and coauthor of the highly cited[3] History on Trial: Culture Wars and the Teaching of the Past.[1][4] He is Professor Emeritus at San Diego State University.[5]

The Adventures of Ibn Battuta is based on the travels of the famous 14th-century Muslim adventurer Ibn Battuta. He traveled from Morocco in West Africa to China; however, the book mostly focuses on his travels between his hometown in Morocco to Mecca in Saudi Arabia. The book was first published in 1986 and reissued in 2005[6] by University of California Press.

Dunn did his graduate studies in the program in World History at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, receiving his Ph.D. in 1970. He was president of the World History Association in 1984.[7] Dunn is currently the Co-Director for World History, working closely with the National Center for History in the Schools.


  1. ^ a b "Don't Know Much About History". The New York Times. November 30, 1997. Retrieved January 31, 2011.
  2. ^ "HER WORLD; Ancient tale transports a 21st century traveler; A Moroccan with wanderlust begins with a pilgrimage to Mecca -- but he doesn't stop there". Los Angeles Times. October 30, 2005. p. L.5.
  3. ^ "Nash: History on trial: Culture wars and the teaching..." Google Scholar. Retrieved 31 January 2011.
  4. ^ "Understanding Clio". Los Angeles Times. October 5, 1997. Retrieved January 31, 2011.
  5. ^ "Center For Islamic And Arabic Studies". San Diego State University. Retrieved 31 January 2011.
  6. ^ "Revealed: Muslim traveler who rivaled Marco Polo". San Francisco Chronicle. November 13, 2005. Retrieved January 31, 2011.
  7. ^ Manning, Patrick (2003), Navigating world history: historians create a global past, Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 327–328, ISBN 978-1-4039-6119-8. Manning cites Dunn and Michael Adas as two "outstanding instances" of students from the Wisconsin program.

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