The Journey Of Ibn Battuta Essay

1634 Words Dec 4th, 2016 7 Pages
Ibn Battuta was a 14th century traveler whose contributions to the world are endless. He gave a detailed account to almost the entirety of the Muslim world when essentially there was none. Ibn’s Journey began on June 14th 1325 when he traveled southeastward towards the main caravan road headed towards Tlemcen. In this moment when Ibn is leaving his home for the first time at the age of only twenty-one, he must have been barraged by feelings of worry, loneliness, and excitement. Many people during this time would not leave their homelands for their entire life. A sheltered life doesn’t even begin to describe it.
Ibn talks about his fears by saying “I set out alone, having neither fellow-traveler n 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.” Ibn goes on to describe how much he will miss his mother and father and his home that he loves so much. In this moment, we begin to find out who Ibn is as a person. He is still a boy who feels worried without having his parents at his side but at the same time he has that feeling that all young adults do where they must go out and experience the world without their parent’s protection. His reasons for travel were spiritual but I think at the same time he felt a sense of wonder for the world around him and he knew that this feeling would not be satisfied until he left his home…

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