Ibn Battuta, the Traveler of Islam


A 19th-century illustration of Ibn Battuta in Egypt, by Paul Dumouza.  Photo by Fine Art Images/Heritage Images/Getty Images
A 19th-century illustration of Ibn Battuta in Egypt, by Paul Dumouza. Photo by Fine Art Images/Heritage Images/Getty Images

Ibn Battuta's 14th-century travels were extensive. He was away from home for roughly 24 years and during that time traveled through virtually every Muslim nation and territory, becoming the traveler of the age.

Tracy's Research:

  • Liulevicius, Vejas Gabriel. "Ibn Battuta—Never the Same Route Twice." From "History's Greatest Voyages of Exploration." The Great Courses. https://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/historys-greatest-voyages-of-exploration/ibn-battutanever-the-same-route-twice
  • Gearon, Eamonn. " Ibn Battuta’s Search for Knowledge." From "The History and Achievements of the Islamic Golden Age." The Great Courses. https://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/films/title/ibn-battutas-search-for-knowledge
  • Cobb, Paul. " Great Voyages: Traveler's Tips from the 14th Century: The Detours of Ibn Battuta." Penn Museum. 12/4/2013. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0v23vZqs8RI
  • Dunn, Ross E. "The Adventures of Ibn Battuta: A Muslim Traveler of the Fourteenth Century." University of California Press. 1986, 2012.

Topics in this Podcast: exploration, religious history, Islamic history, religion, African history, 14th Century, biographies, literary history