A Gift to Those Who Contemplate the Wonders of Cities and the Marvels of Traveling - Book narrated by Ibn Battuta
Ibn Battuta - The Greatest Traveler of the Ancient World
A scholar and gentleman, for 30 years he wandered the known world in Africa, Central Asia, Southeast Asia, India and China and after the end of his journeys he told his stories to Ibn Juzayy, a scholar he had previously met in Granada. Though some doubt some of his amazing travels it was a different world then and cultures flowed more easily into each other, usually. Sometimes he traveled through Muslim countries and sometimes others, like China and India, but - like today there were always communities of Muslims where he could feel at home. He was often or usually greeted by envoys of Sultans and Kings, and sometimes used as an envoy himself. Many amazing and mystical things happened to him during his travels and the reader is always left with a sense of the marvelous potential for the mysteries of life. He was a traveler, a scientist and scholar, a lover and husband and father. He was a very real man in a mostly romantically beautiful world punctuated by some exceedingly dangerous environments. No explorer of the ancient world traveled nearly as far, or as long, or incorporated anything like the spiritual tapestry of events that flowed through time and around the world as did Ibn Battuta.