Abu Abdullah Muhammad Ibn Battuta was a Berber Muslim Moroccan scholar and explorer who widely travelled the medieval world. Born in Tangier, Morocco, on the 24th of February 1304 – 1369, Ibn Battuta was known for his traveling and undertaking excursions called the Rihla, His journeys lasted for a period of almost thirty years. Ibn Battuta visited most of the Islamic world and many non-Muslim lands, including North Africa, the Horn of Africa, West Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia and China in the east, a distance readily surpassing that of his predecessors. After his travels he returned to Morocco and gave his account of the experience to Ibn Juzay.
Near the end of his life, he dictated an account of his journeys, titled A Gift to Those Who Contemplate the Wonders of Cities and the Marvels of Travelling, usually simply referred to as The Travels. This account of his journeys provides a picture of medieval civilisation that is still widely consulted today.
“I have indeed, praise be to god, attained my desire I the world, which was to travel through the earth and attained in this respect what no other person has attained to my knowledge.”
“Traveling, it offers you a hundred roads to adventure and gives your heart wings!”
“Traveling, it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.”