Essay on Ibn Battut Modern Day Morocco

1123 Words Oct 5th, 2016 5 Pages
Ibn Battuta was born in Tangier, part of modern-day Morocco. This city lies 45 miles west of the Mediterranean Sea, close to the western side of the Strait of Gibraltar — where Africa and Europe nearly collide. When he is 21, he started his travel with the intention of making the pilgrimage to The Holy House at Mecca and the Tomb of the Prophet at Medina. “I set out alone, having neither fellow-traveler in whose companionship I might find cheer, nor caravan whose party I might join, but swayed by an overmastering impulse within me and a desire long-cherished in my bosom to visit these illustrious sanctuaries. So I braced my resolution to quit all my dear ones, female and male, and forsook my home as birds forsake their nests. My parents being yet in the bonds of life, it weighed sorely upon me to part from them, and both they and I were afflicted with sorrow at this separation.” (Page 1, Medieval Source Book, Ibn Battuta: Travels in Asia and Africa 1325 – 1354). Ibn Battuta traveled throughout the Muslim world in Africa and Asia visiting shrines and major cities. Then as now, the Muslim world was not culturally monolithic, Muslims were practiced differently with similarities throughout the world glimpsed in this account. The similarities include the friendliness towards the people who shares a similar believe in various cities. For example, when they reached Qusantinah camping outside the town, there was a heavy rain. The next day the governor has treated them as a…

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