Ibn Battutah


Ibn Battutah

biographical name

(born Feb. 24, 1304, Tangier, Mor.—died 1368/69 or 1377, Morocco) Noted Arab traveler and writer. He received a traditional juristic and literary education in Tangier. After a pilgrimage to Mecca (1325), he decided to visit as many parts of the world as possible, vowing “never to travel any road a second time.” His 27-year wanderings through Africa, Asia, and Europe covered some 75,000 miles (120,000 km). On his return, he dictated his reminiscences, which became one of the world's most famous travel books, the Rihlah. The date of his death remains uncertain.

Variants of IBN BATTUTAH

Ibn Battutah orig. Abu 'Abd Allah Muhammad ibn 'Abd Allah al-Lawati al-Tanji ibn Battutah

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