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(, ), or sim­ply Ibn Bat­tuta () (Feb­ru­ary 25, 1304 – 1368 or 1369), was a Moroc­can explor­er of Berber descent. He is known for his exten­sive trav­els, accounts of which were pub­lished in the Rih­la (lit. “Jour­ney”). Over a peri­od of thir­ty years, Ibn Bat­tuta vis­it­ed most of the known Islam­ic world as well as many non-Mus­lim lands. His jour­neys includ­ed trips to North Africa, the Horn of Africa, West Africa and East­ern Europe, and to the Mid­dle East, South Asia, Cen­tral Asia, South­east Asia and Chi­na. Ibn Bat­tuta is gen­er­al­ly con­sid­ered one of the great­est trav­ellers of all time.