Ibn Battuta

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Abū Abd Allāh Muḥammad ibn Abd Allāh Al-Lawātī (; 24 February 1304 – 1368/1369), commonly known as Ibn Battuta, was a Maghrebi traveller, explorer and scholar. Over a period of thirty years from 1325 to 1354, Ibn Battuta visited most of North Africa, the Middle East, East Africa, Central Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, China, the Iberian Peninsula, and West Africa. 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. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ibn Battuta has received more than 5,080,266 page views. His biography is available in 137 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 127 in 2019). Ibn Battuta is the 6th most popular explorer (up from 8th in 2019), the most popular biography from Morocco and the most popular Moroccan Explorer.

Ibn Battuta was a Moroccan traveler and scholar who traveled through North Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and East Africa. He is most famous for his account of his travels in his book Rihla.

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Among explorers, Ibn Battuta ranks 6 out of 498Before him are Marco Polo, Christopher Columbus, Ferdinand Magellan, Vasco da Gama, and Amerigo Vespucci. After him are Roald Amundsen, Bartolomeu Dias, Hernán Cortés, James Cook, Zheng He, and Francis Drake.

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Among people born in 1304, Ibn Battuta ranks 2Before him is Petrarch. After him are Jayaatu Khan Tugh Temür, Louis I, Count of Flanders, Magnus I, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg, Ibn al-Shatir, and Günther von Schwarzburg. Among people deceased in 1368, Ibn Battuta ranks 1After him are Orcagna, Guy de Chauliac, Lionel of Antwerp, 1st Duke of Clarence, Blanche of Lancaster, Emperor Go-Murakami, Ilyas Khoja, and Marco Cornaro.

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In Morocco

Among people born in Morocco, Ibn Battuta ranks 1 out of 264After him are Jean Reno (1948), Hassan II of Morocco (1929), Just Fontaine (1933), Abd el-Krim (1882), Abdelaziz Bouteflika (1937), Mohammed V of Morocco (1909), Mohammed VI of Morocco (1963), Ismail Ibn Sharif (1646), Nathalie Delon (1941), Alain Badiou (1937), and Serge Haroche (1944).

Among EXPLORERS In Morocco

Among explorers born in Morocco, Ibn Battuta ranks 1