Ibn Battutah, or Shams Al-Din Abu ‘Abdallah Ibn Battutah, is the most famous Muslim traveller of the 14th century, or of any century. This native of Tangier, North Africa was born to a family of lawyers in 1304 AD / 724 AH. His travels covered modern Tangier in the west to Beijing in the east, Granada and Ukraine in Europe, Timbuktu in Africa, Aswan on the Nile and to Kilwa on the coast of Tanzania. His travels were later written down by Ibn Juzayy, a scholar who was appointed and commissioned by the Marinid ruler Abu Inan. This rihla (travel book), written under the dictation of Ibn Battutah, was completed in 1357 AD / 758 AH.
Extracted from the book: En Route to Mecca – Pilgrims’ Voices Throughout the Centuries
Publisher: Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia
(This book is published in conjunction with the En Route to Mecca: Pilgrims’ Voices Throughout the Centuries exhibition, launched in October 2009.)