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