Ibn Battûta (1304-1355)

Ibn Battûta (1304-1369), a Moroccan historian and jurist, is one of the greatest travellers of all time. Like Manucci, Battûta also dictated his memoirs, collected in al-Riḥla, an autobiographical work that provides a detailed account of the entire Muslim world that Battûta travelled through during thirty years of pilgrimages. The full title of the manuscript, which can be translated as A Masterpiece to Those Who Contemplate the Wonders of Cities and the Marvels of Travelling, sums up the wonder and curiosity that drove this keen observer to travel.