By Zouhir Az,
A bronze-made sculpture of Ibn Battuta —known as the greatest Amazigh Traveller, geographer and botanist of premodern times— has been unveiled and inaugurated in Quanzhou Museum of Contemporary Art located in Fujian Province in China, to pay tribute to his everlasting impact on China’s history.
Ibn Battuta started on his travels from his hometown Tangier when he was 21 years old in 1325. is known as the greatest traveller of premodern times. Leaving his homeland to make the holy pilgrimage to Mecca, he performed a series of extraordinary journeys that spanned nearly three decades and took him as far away as India and China, but also to the Volga River valley and south to Tanzania.
The narrative of his travels is a unique account on medieval history that was placed by the historians within the rich, trans-hemispheric cultural setting of the history of the medieval world.
Ibn Battuta is undoubtedly one of the world’s most respected and recognized icon but despite his incredible achievements, he remains largely unknown and still unrecognized in his original country of Morocco simply because he was not of Arab ancestry!!
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