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Ibn Batuta
Arabic: 'ibnu battūta

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Artistic representation of Ibn Batuta.

(1304-1368/9 or 1377) Arab Muslim traveller and author.
His writings, including the book Travelogue, (rihla) finished in 1357, provide an important source of knowledge about large parts of the known world of his day. Ibn Batuta started travelling in 1325, first setting out for Mecca on hajj. During his 29 years of travels, he covered 120,000 km, reaching China in the east, and Andalucia (now Spain) in the west, Timbuctu (now in Mali) in the south and the steppes of today's Russia in the north.
Among the most treasured parts of his book are the descriptions of the Byzantine court in Constantinople, the Black Death in Baghdad, his accounts of India, Anatolia, and the lands around the river Niger.

1304: Born in Tangier, Morocco.
1325: Starts travelling, setting out for Mecca to perform hajj.
1357: Publishes his Travelogue.
1368, 1369 or 1377: Dies on unknown location in Morocco.

By Tore Kjeilen