31 July, 2007

Abu Abdullah Muhammad Ibn Battuta

Very few adventurers, if any, are comparable to this great scholar, traveler and explorer. Abu Abdullah Muhammad Ibn Battuta, the Moroccan of Berber descent, traveled and explored: North Africa, West Africa, Southern Europe and Eastern Europe in the West, to the Middle East, Indian subcontinent, Central Asia, Southeast Asia and on to China in the East. He was only twenty-one when he left Morocco to begin his incredible odyssey on 14th June 1325 (2nd Rajab 725 A.H); and for nearly thirty years, he traveled about 75,000 miles (120,700 km.), explored and wrote: he dictated his account of his adventurous journeys to Abu Inana Faris - the Ameer Al Mu'umineen who became Sultan of Morocco. The book: A Gift to Those Who Contemplate the Wonders of Cities and the Marvels of Travelling or simply known as Al Rihla, is one of the greatest, and most absorbing and fascinating travel books of all time.

More On Battuta: ummah.net, saudiaramcoworld.com, fordham.edu, ucalgary.ca, the153club.org, sfusd.k12.ca.us, isidore-of-seville.com

Image: travelcentre.com.au

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