Ibn Battuta – The final place of the great traveler in Tangier

A Muslim Berber Moroccan scholar, and explorer who widely travelled the medieval world. Born into a family of Islamic legal scholars in Tangier, Morocco, on 25 February 1304, during the reign of the Marinid dynasty. His family belonged to a Berber tribe known as the Lawata.

Mazaar of Ibn Battutah / Image: via flamant-rose.net

As a young man, he would have studied at a Sunni Maliki madh’hab the Islamic jurisprudence school, the dominant form of education in North Africa at that time. Over a period of thirty years, Ibn Battuta visited most of the Islamic world and many non-Muslim lands, including Central Asia, Southeast Asia, India and China.

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 Traveling. Ibn Battuta’s was appointed a judge in Morocco and died in 1368 or 1369.

A house in the city of Tangier, the possible site of Ibn Battuta’s grave

Featured Image: Ibn Battuta – An illustration from Jules Verne’s book “Découverte de la terre” drawn by Léon Benett / Image: via wikipedia.org



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