Ibn Battuta

Ibn Battuta (/ˌɪbənbætˈttɑː/; 24 February 1304  1368/1369)[lower-alpha 1] was a Muslim Moroccan scholar and explorer who travelled extensively in Afro-Eurasia, largely in the lands of Dar al-Islam, travelling more than any other explorer in pre-modern history, totalling around 117,000 km (72,000 miles), surpassing Zheng He with about 50,000 km (30,000 miles) and Marco Polo with 24,000 km (15,000 miles).[1][2][3] Over a period of thirty years, Ibn Battuta visited most of southern Eurasia, including Central Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, China, and the Iberian Peninsula. 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, but commonly known as The Rihla.

Ibn Battuta
أبو عبد الله محمد بن عبد الله اللواتي الطنجي بن بطوطة
Book illustration by Léon Benett published in 1878 showing Ibn Battuta (right) and his guide in Egypt
Born24 February 1304
Died1369 (aged 64–65)
Marinid Morocco
OccupationGeographer, explorer, scholar
EraPost-classical history