The great explorer 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.

The Mazaar (Masoleum) of Ibn Battutah

Ibn Battuta was a Muslim Berber Moroccan scholar, and explorer who widely travelled the medieval world.

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.

Inside the Mazaar, the tomb of Ibn Battutah
Ibn battuta route / Image: Britannica

 

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