Ibn Battuta Contribution to Geography
 Ibn Battuta (Abdullah Muhammad) (1304- 1369 AD)
Ibn-Battuta was one of the great Arab travellers. He was born at Tangier (Morocco) at the entrance of the Mediterranean Sea. He was from a family that produced many Muslim judges (Qazis).
He visited Mecca, Egypt, Asia-Minor, Syria, Iraq, Persia, Afghanistan, Arabia, Zanzibar, Siberian Steppes, Khwarizm (Uzbaikistan), Central Asia, Oman, Yemen, Ethiopia, India, Maldives, Sri-Lanka, Sumatra, China, Sardinia, Garanada (Spain), and Timbaktu on the Niger river.
He travelled for about 28 years and covered more than 75,000 miles during this period. He was a man of endless energy.
His primary interest was on people, also described the physical conditions of various regions that he visited.
His description of house types and building materials in desert is very interesting and informative.
He came to Delhi on an invitation of Mohammad Bin Tughlaq and served as a Qazi of Delhi. Ibn Battuta was also appointed as ambassador to China. His book, Rihlah threw light on soils, habitat, agriculture, economy, society, and political history of the Muslim world.
Key Points on Battuta:
[i] His book, Rihlah threw light on soils, habitat, agriculture, economy, society, and political history of the Muslim world.
[ii] He came to Delhi on an invitation of Mohammad Bin Tughlaq and served as a Qazi of Delhi.
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