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Ibn Battutah 
1st-Mar-2008 02:08 pm
Born in 1304 in Tangier, Morocco, Ibn Battutah, travelled to 44 countries in 29 years, married 23 times and had seventy children. He traveled three times the distance of Marco Polo. He explored Mali and the city of Timbuktu before European explorers reached it (which was in the 18th century). He visited Al-Andalus, north Africa, the Arabian peninsula, central Asia, India, China, and southeast Asia, and he recorded that that greatest sight in his travels was the city of Cairo.
2nd-Mar-2008 01:33 pm (UTC)
I'd love to read more about Ibn Battutah. Exploration is probably my favorite aspect of history, and yet I've heard very little about him. Do you happen to know of any books by him, or about him?

Thanks for the interesting post!
3rd-Mar-2008 01:34 am (UTC)
I recommend The Travels of Ibn Battutah by Ibn Battutah ed. by Tim Mackintosh-Smith, available on Amazon
3rd-Mar-2008 01:35 am (UTC)
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