Ibn Battuta

Abu Abdullah Muhammad Ibn Battuta, better known simply as Ibn Battuta (1304–circa 1369 AD) was a Moroccan Muslim traveler and scholar, who is widely recognised as one of the greatest travelers of all time.

Potrait of Ibn Battuta
A potrait of Ibn Battuta

Over a period of thirty years, Ibn Battuta visited most of the known Islamic world as well as many non-Muslim lands. His journeys included trips to North Africa, the Horn of Africa, West Africa, Middle East, South Asia, Central Asia, Southeast Asia and China.

After returning home from his travels Ibn Battuta dictated an account of his journeys which were published in his book called Tuhfat al-anzar fi gharaaib al-amsar wa ajaaib al-asfar (A gift to those who contemplate the wonders of cities and the marvels of traveling), commonly referred to as Ibn Battuta’s Rihla (Rihla means journey).

“Traveling—it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.”

- Ibn Battuta, The Travels of Ibn Battuta

Approximate Timeline of Ibn Battuta’s Life

For more information about Ibn Battuta and his legendary travels check out his Wikipedia entry.