Biography of IbnBattuta

Ibn Battuta was the Moroccan Muslim scholar and the traveler. His full name was Abu Abdullah Muhammad Ibn Battuta. He was born in 1304 and was famous for his expeditions and traveling. He traveled almost the whole world. The countries where he went are listed below.

  • North Africa
  • West Africa
  • Southern Europe
  • Eastern Europe.
  • Middle East
  • Asia
  • China

He narrated his traveling experiences to  Ibn Juzay.

Early life:

He was born in the Tangier Morocco on February 1304. He was named as Shams ad-Din his family has the tradition of services as judges and belong to the Berber origin. He got an education n Islamic law. His studies on Islam inspired him to travel and perform the one of the important pillars of Islam, the Hajj.

Start of travel

He started his travel in jun 1325, he was just 21 years when he left his native home. He reached to Mecca in about 16 months. After performing Hajj he continues his traveling and came to thehome after 24 years. He traveled through theland. To avoid the risk of attacks he moved with the caravan as the traveling in the groupwas considered safe. He got married in the town of Sfax.

Exploring different lands

His journey begins by exploring Middle East and afterthat, he set his voyage through red sea towards the Mecca. He also went to Iraq and Iran by passing through the huge deserts. In 1330, he startedtraveling again and via red sea, he went to Tanzania. Spending two years there he went to India in 1332. Sultan of Delhi welcomes him wholeheartedly. He stayed in India for eight years and did a job of ajudge. After the 8 years of service, he went to explore the China. In 1352, he moved to other lands and by crossing Sahara desert he reached to the Africa.

Returning home and writing on experiences

He returned home in 1355 and told all his experience to the leader of the time. During his traveling, he experienced different incidents, came through with different cultures and also participated in some battles.   He was shocked by the behavior of women in various regions and the dress traditions in other Muslim countries. Thus the whole journey was full of fun, enjoyment as well as the wonderful experiences. The leader told him to write all his traveling experiences so that the people also know about the various traditions and cultures of different continents. So he wrote the book with the name Rihla. The book stated about the life of Ibn Battuta. He wrote all his experiences he faced during his journey to various regions. After his journey, he was appointed as Judge in Morocco. He died in 1368. His book provded an important information about all the countries he visited in the14th century. The people enjoy reading the cultures, traditions, and technology used at that time.He provided the comprehensive description about all the places he visited that time.

The Moroccan Association of Ibn Battuta is in preparation for the second edition of its International Festival in Tangier

Tangier City will host the second offering of the International Festival of Ibn Battuta from 9 until 12 of November 2017 with the theme: Travelers, Ambassadors of Peace.

AMARIB or the Moroccan Association of Ibn Battuta serves as the organizer of the festival to pay tribute to the accomplishments and contribution of the great traveler Ibn Battuta. The association is currently looking for participants, sponsors, volunteers, and partners to make this momentous event successful.

The International Festival of Ibn Battuta: 2nd edition, as what the theme promotes, is an event that stimulates amity by means of traveling.  The programs of the festival will be filled with facts about many travel literature, renowned explorers, underlining the amazing days of Ibn Battuta. The festival will serve as the stage for communication and exchange for the different players in the sector of culture and tourism from various parts of the world.

According to Ibn Battuta, traveling will make us speechless because all the discoveries that we are going to experience, and it will turn us into storytellers and educators about the information we have gained from traveling, and this is also what AMARIB wants to achieve with the celebration of the festival. They want to provide the people with an experience that cannot be forgotten and they want to support those who aspire to follow the footsteps of Ibn Battuta.

Furthermore, AMARIB is going to utilize its resources and requests all actors in the field of cultural development and promotion to participate in drawing more dignitaries, guests of honors, and businesses in the industry of tourism and traveling from different parts of the world.

The Honorary President of AMARIB, Mohamed Dekkak, said that the festival is expected to highlight the varied, colorful, and vibrant Moroccan culture. The festival is dynamic and will offer exciting side events promoting peace, cooperation, visual arts and music appreciation, and education while giving importance to the life of great Moroccan traveler. Moreover, the festival will serve as a useful tool to promote and increase the public appeal of the city to bring new opportunities and investments especially in the sector of tourism.

Ibn Battuta or Abu Abdullah Muhammad Ibn Abdullah Al Lawati Al Tanji Ibn Battuta is considerd one of the great travelers in the world history. He was an explorer born in Tangier, and it is the duty of AMARIB to underline and uphold the Moroccan traditional custom as the commemorative act for Ibn Battuta.

He lived his life discovering and educating himself with the different nations and their distinct cultures through exploration. After he completed his pilgrimage to the city of Mecca which is the most sacred city in Islam located in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, he ultimately utilized the remaining part of the life for traveling and exploration.

After he had reached the conurbation of Mecca, he traveled to Greater Syria and Palestine.  Afterward, he swung over to Afghanistan and crossed the mountain range of Himalaya to reach India. He stumbled upon Sri Lanka and Maldives and then traveling at last to China’s eastern coasts before he returned to his motherland.

Ibn Battuta is deemed as a suitable example for goodwill due to his exceptional contribution and influence to the other current, and up-and-coming explorers who are will make their name in the history.

The festival will bring the works and contributions of Ibn Battuta to the next level with the participation of well-known artists, musicians, and celebrities while promoting Tangier as a viable spot for investments for foreign investors.