The Journey of Ibn Battuta

Ibn Battuta was a Moroccan scholar and traveler. His full name is Abu abd al-Lah Muhammad ibn Abd al-lah I-lawati t-Tangi ibn Batutah. He is famous as one of the greatest traveler. He was born in Tangier, Morocco on 25th February 1304. This city is located 45 miles west side of Mediterranean Sea. The family of Ibn Battuta was well educated. All men were legal scholars. He was raised with the same accent. His family focused greatly on his education. In tangier, there was no school for higher education or learning as well as there was no madrassa there. That’s why Ibn Battuta traveled across different countries and searched best teachers and best libraries. A brief detail of his traveling is given below.

The Travels of Ibn Battuta

Starting of Journey:

            Ibn Battuta traveled to gain learning which was not possible for him in Tangier. So he started his journey in search of best teachers and good libraries. At that time good scholars were present in Cairo, Alexandria and Damascus. Making a pilgrimage to mecca known as Hajj was its utmost desire. Ibn Battuta started his journey alone. He stayed at different Madrasas and Sufi places as he started traveling towards Tunis. The Governor of one city gave him some woolen clothes and gold as charity. He was elected as paid judge known as qadi in those times. Then he moved to Alexandria.

Ibn Battuta Trip of Alexandria:

            He arrived Alexandria and spent three days there. He stayed as a guest of a Sufi named as Burhan al-din. The Sufi recognized ibn Battuta as a great traveler and recommended him to visit three of his fellow Sufis. One was living in China while other two were in India. Ibn Battuta was really happy to get the suggestion from Burhan al-din and he was glad to travel and to meet those three Sufis. Ibn Battuta also stayed in a town near Alexandria. He visited another saint and while sleeping on that men’s roof he saw a dream that a large bird came to him and carried him in the east direction and left him there. So he discussed this dream with the saint. The saint advised him to travel to India as Burhan al-din already suggested him.

The journey to Damascus: 

            In Damascus, he stayed for 24 days in one of three madrassas. World’s famous jurists and theologians belong to Damascus. On a classical book, they taught their students and then after taking the test they issue certificates to those who passed this test. He also took some formal studies here.

Entrance in Mecca:

            In the mid of October in 1326 Ibn Battuta entered Mecca. After one year and four months, he reached Mecca, staying at various places. He stayed in for almost a month. He had good experiences of his life there. He met different people in various Islamic lands. He further started his journey to Baghdad in a camel caravan which was returning from pilgrims. He reached Baghdad and practiced his career there.

In short, in his entire lifespan, he kept traveling. This a short summary of Ibn Battuta travels. He had amazing adventures in his journey and at least 10 times he got married.

Why do Travel books tell Good About African Countries?

Travel books write well about African countries because there are many facts about Africa which can be neglected by the influence and bad image portrayed by the world media. Africa is full of wonders those who have explored Africa can relay about this story. Follow is a list of reason why travel books are filled with positive facts about the African countries.

Non-Conflict areas

Those super power which divided Africa in different colonies that trend is long gone. Most of the African countries are self-governed means there is no government there which might have agenda against tourist country. They can visit explore and right whole book how beautiful is Africa.

Different states and Different customs

Africa has vast of a variety of the different states. Each state has its own custom and run by a different group of people. The language of each state is different the clothes of each state is different. These states have their own economy. Whenever a writer of a travel book visits these states he is impressed by the number of the different customs he can found in a state.

Ancient history and languages

Africa is full of ancient history. Pharaonic civilizations is a big example of the ancient civilizations which still exists in the world. Egypt comes under the civilisation which his considered to be one of that area which has long lasted decades. Most of the people in Africa are used to speaking Arabic. Arabic is a most communicated language in the Africa with one thirty million people speaking it. This followed by the English language. Those who can’t understand and communicate through the Arabic they can communicate through the English language.

Since Africa is also categorize as populated area of the world. There are people who can speak Swahili and French there. They are master of these languages which people pay money to learn. Spanish and Portuguese are those languages which are very less spoken in the Africa.

Population in Africa

When writers meet a different kind of people on their travel they take that into account and make their meetings part of the book. Africa has a huge population that is one billion. This population is seventeen percent of the population of the whole world. Travelers have a plus point that there is so much diversity in the population that no one can cover it one trip. Most of the travelers have made numerous trip to properly visit Africa and complete their book.  Locals of the Africa may be illiterate but they try to learn whatever they can get their hands on. These locals are very friendly they help tourist on their visit since they know the importance about the tourist and money they bring for the locals

For this reason and a vast variety of options when a writer visits the area he get impressed by a large number of people. That is why travel books are full of positivity about Africa.