Ibn Battuta was a Muslim Moroccan explorer, known for his extensive travels, accounts of which were published in the Rihla [lit. "Journey"]. Over a period of thirty years, he visited most of the known Islamic world as well as many non-Muslim lands; his journeys included trips to North Africa, the Horn of Africa, West Africa, Southern Europe and Eastern Europe in the West, and to the Middle East, South Asia, Central Asia, Southeast Asia and China in the East, a distance surpassing threefold his near-contemporary Marco Polo. Ibn Battuta is considered the greatest traveller of all time.
Tim Mackintosh Smith follows in the footsteps of 14th Century Moroccan scholar Ibn Battutah, who covered 75,000 miles, 40 countries and three continents in a 30-year odyssey. Beginning in north Africa, Tim visits Battutah's birthplace of Tangier in Morocco, and stumbles on a performance of medieval trance music. In Egypt, he goes to a remote village where Battutah had an astonishing prophetic dream and visits the world's oldest university in Cairo, then on to India and eventually to China [by way of Dubai and a visit to the 'Ibn Battuta Shopping Mall'].
Following The Footsteps of Ibn Battutah [1/3]
Following The Footsteps of Ibn Battutah [2/3]
Following The Footsteps of Ibn Battutah [3/3]