Ibn Battuta (Pronounced As Ibne Battuta) (1304–1368 or 1369) was a Moroccan explorer. He is known for the account of his journeys called the Rihla (Voyage). He travelled for nearly thirty years and covered most of the Islamic world. He also explored West Africa, Southern and Eastern Europe, South Asia, Central Asia, Southeast Asia and China. This distance was more than Marco Polo traveled, about 75,000 km. Ibn Battuta was viewed as the greatest traveler of the ancient medieval worlds, so he was known as the “Arab Marco Polo”. Ibn Battuta was born on February 24, 1304 in Tangier Morocco. His family consisted of judges and scholars of the Islamic laws. At age 21, Ibn Battuta started his long exploration, when he went on the Hajj, a 12 month Islamic journey that brings Muslims closer to God. Ibn Battuta first went across North Africa (Maghrib), to the great port Alexandria which is in Egypt in 1326. Ibn spent 30 years visiting every Muslim country of his day and recorded accurate details of the social and political life he saw on his journeys.  
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