Ibn Battuta

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Ibn Battuta (; 24 February 1304 – 1368/1369) was a Muslim Berber-Moroccan scholar and explorer who widely travelled the Old World, travelling more than any other explorer in history, totaling around 117,000 km (72,000 miles), surpassing Zheng He with about 50,000 km (30,000 miles) and Marco Polo with 24,000 km (15,000 miles). Over a period of thirty years, Ibn Battuta visited most of the Old World, including Central Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, China, and the Iberian Peninsula. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ibn Battuta has received more than 3,039,832 page views. His biography is available in 125 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 119 in 2019). Ibn Battuta is the 10th most popular explorer (down from 9th 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 10 out of 405Before him are Vasco da Gama, Amerigo Vespucci, Bartolomeu Dias, Hernán Cortés, James Cook, and Roald Amundsen. After him are Zheng He, Francis Drake, Francisco Pizarro, Prince Henry the Navigator, Jacques Cartier, and Fridtjof Nansen.

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

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In Morocco

Among people born in Morocco, Ibn Battuta ranks 1 out of 163After him are Tariq ibn Ziyad (670), Jean Reno (1948), Hassan II of Morocco (1929), Just Fontaine (1933), Abd el-Krim (1882), Abdelaziz Bouteflika (1937), Ismail Ibn Sharif (1646), Mohammed V of Morocco (1909), Alain Badiou (1937), Mohammed VI of Morocco (1963), and Nathalie Delon (1941).

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Among explorers born in Morocco, Ibn Battuta ranks 1