The golden age of Muslim civilization

Ibn battuta

Ibn Battuta was born in 1304 in Tangier. The year of his death is still not clear possibly around 1368- 69. He was a Moroccan travel and a judge as well. He is popular as a traveller as well as explorer where his travel documents are inscribed over a period of 30 years. He has gone on to cover around 117,000 km. All these journeys have virtually gone on to cover the entire Islamic world. This includes the present day Pakistan, China, Sri Lanka. It would be no surprise in saying that he has left behind his predecessor Marco Polo way behind.

In the year 1325, he went on to leave his parental home in Mecca. Then follows an interesting narration of this story. He had left the place with an intention on going for a pilgrimage to Mecca. He left alone without any friends in a caravan and his only goal was to reach Mecca. Though his parents are alive at that point in time he did leave them with a lot of pain. It was a cause of insufferable illness as he was only a mere 22 at that point in time.

His RIhala is an account of his travel that took from Tangier to around 40 countries of the world. His work has been translated in French and this has been accompanied by the Arabic version. It does provide you with a meaningful introduction to the life of Ibn Batutta where he did go on to leave all his material possessions at a certain point in time. Gibb also did go on to suggest how Ibn Battuta was held as a fugitive for 8 days. He was just given his set of clothes that he had for praying. This forced him to seek refuge in Malabar where he did go on to become Qadi again. It was during the journey from Alexandria to the Maghreb he had a lucky escape from the European pirates. The best part was that his love for travel was never exhausted in spite of such misadventures.

During the era of medieval time and particularly in the Muslim culture, when you go on a pilgrimage it meant interacting with various scholars on the route. These customary trips did extend for a considerable period of time. For this great manner, it did go more than this. during the course of each visit, he goes on to list his experiences and adventures. This is in particular relation to the city he has gone on to visit that goes on to describe the lives, society, and culture of the people who reside in that part of the globe. He was more interested in the glories along with contributions of these foreign rulers. The strange customs particularly the marriage along with the burial did interest him considerably. Examples are the kind of fuel you did use in China and the development of Indian beds. This did go on to help understand a lot about the diverse places of the world. A significant contribution in terms of knowledge is being made, with the date being that we are the only ones who have a significant knowledge of various regions of the globe.

In order to figure out the ideas of this great man during the course of travel, let us highlight some observations. During the visit to Egypt, he did make many observations of Cairo. The population of the city was so high that it did make him remind of the waves in the sea. But it did still go on to retain its youthful nature. The river Nile is another area that finds a lot of positive inputs. There is no other river in the world where such a continuous towns and cities pass along it. It is in sharking contrast to other rivers that dry up. You can term that the river Indus does follow the same pattern. The river Nile could be further divided into 3 major streams and you cannot cross any of them by boat as of now.


During his visit to Constantinople, he was mightily impressed with the great city. What really left him amazed is a high number of nuns and convents. The church Saint Phobia left a mark on him. He did refuse to enter and if he had done so he had to bow down before a cross. His personal contribution stemmed from the fact that he was willing to learn more and more. He did display a knack for meaningful acts and when you realize these important acts this contributes to human knowledge. Even during these travels, he did remain within the spiritual boundaries of Islam. He does belong to a select group of way who provided the way towards the modern age of discovery to main the peace and tolerance.