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Ibn Battuta in Egypt; drawing from 1877
Ibn Battuta in Egypt; drawing from 1877


Starting when he was 20 years-old, Ibn Battuta traveled the world for 29 years, covering 75,000 miles across the Middle East, Africa and Asia. He has been called the world's greatest traveler.


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Ibn Battuta, Muslim Heritage.com

Ibn Battuta's 708th Birthday Google Doodle, February 25, 2012

Ibn Battuta: Muslim Traveling Judge, Kahn Academy

Ibn Battuta: The Greatest Traveler of the Middle Ages, Constitution Rights Foundation

Ibn Battuta: Explorer from the Mariners Museum

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Primary Sources

Ibn Battuta: Travels in Asia and Africa, 1325-1354 from Internet Sourcebook Project, Fordham University

Ibn Battuta's Rihlafrom World Digital Library, Library of Congress (in Arabic). Full Text in English


Routes 1332-1346Click image for more detailed map courtesy of Time Magazine
Routes 1332-1346Click image for more detailed map courtesy of Time Magazine

Screen Shot 2016-02-13 at 11.47.54 AM.pngThe Travels of Ibn Battuta: A Virtual Tour with the 14th Century Traveler, University of California Berkeley


Timeline courtesy of Khan Academy
Timeline courtesy of Khan Academy




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Film and Video Resources

An Introduction to Ibn Battuta: The Greatest Traveler in History -A clear and concise video highlighting the main stops of Ibn's travels
Ibn Battuta: The Man Who Walked Across the World, YouTube. (This is Part 1, and there are links on the page for Parts 2 and 3)

Ibn Battuta: The Journey, Vimeo



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Curriculum Materials from Stanford History Education Group

East Africa, as Seen by Ibn Battuta: Lecture Notes

Ibn Battuta Crater on the Moon/Lunar Orbiter Image 1967
Ibn Battuta Crater on the Moon/Lunar Orbiter Image 1967

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