Who is Ibn Battuta?
Ibn Battuta, whose full name is Abu Abdullah Muhammad Ibn Abdullah Al Lawati Al Tanji Ibn Battuta, is one of the greatest travelers in history. Born in 1304, the year after Marco Polo died, he travelled three times farther than his near contemporary. In 1325, when he was 21 years old, he left his law career and home in Tangier, Morocco as a pilgrim to perform his first Hajj. He would not reach Mecca for a year and a half. Risking his life, he travelled to 44 countries and did not return back to Tangier for nearly 30 years. At the request of the Sultan of Morocco, he transcribed his journeys in a famous travel book known as The Rihla: A gift to Those Who Contemplate the Wonders of Cities and the Marvels of Travelling, which is housed in the National Public Library in Paris. A crater on the moon named in his honour.