The fact that he traveled so extensively was not unusual when compared to other travelers of his time. The difference between he and his contemporaries was “that he wrote his travels down, or to be exact dictated them….In terms of ground covered, some 75,000 miles, it was, and still probably is, the biggest travel bo...
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In summary, Ibn Battuta’s Rihla detailed his journey through nearly 75,000 miles, spanning from his home of Tangier in Morocco all the way to China in the far east. Because his original purpose for embarking upon his journey was to fulfill a pilgrimage, specifically the Hajj pillar of Islam, his religious perspective served as an integral subtext within the narrative. Though he primarily traveled through lands that contained Muslims such as he, he also encountered innumerable Christian populations, Hindu populations in India, intermittent Jewish individuals, and infidels in China, all of which differed dramatically from his Sunni Muslim faith. He portrayed both positive and negative interactions with individuals from almost all of them, provoking one to conclude that Ibn Battuta at least viewed other religions with respect, if not with open admiration.
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