The Amazing Travels of Ibn Battuta
In 1325, when Ibn Battuta was just 21, he bid farewell to his parents in Tangier, Morocco, and embarked on a pilgrimage to Mecca. It was 30 years before he returned home, having seen much of the world. In this book he recalls his amazing journey and the fascinating people, cultures, and places he encountered. He traveled extensively, throughout Islamic lands and beyond — from the Middle East to Africa to Europe to Asia. Ibn Battuta kept a diary of his travels, and even though he lost it many times and had to recall and rewrite what he had seen, he kept a remarkable record of his years away. His meticulous observations, retold here by Fatima Sharafeddine and beautifully illustrated by Intelaq Mohammed Ali, give us a remarkable picture of what it was like to be a traveler nearly 700 years ago.
Age: 7 and up
Number of Pages: 32
Publisher: Groundwood Books (May 13, 2014)
KitaabWorld Book Review: Do you ever wonder what it was like to travel hundreds of years ago, in the days long before cars and aeroplanes? Ibn Battuta, a great traveler from the 14th century paved the way for modern age of discovery. He travelled for thirty years throughout the Islamic World - from North Africa, through India, the Maldives, Sri Lanka, South East Asia to China surpassing the travels of Marco Polo and covering distances and lands rare for travelers at the time.
This book traces his travels gleamed from Ibn Battuta’s own writing Rihla, compiled from diaries of his travels. It has timeless appeal for his remarkable observations and deep understanding of different societies and his appreciation for the richness and diversity of the world.
This book is also part of our INSPIRING MUSLIM LEADERS AND THINKERS book list.