Elon Musk Engages in the Study of Ibn Battuta, a Remarkably Well-Traveled Islamic Explorer
LAHORE MIRROR — In a recent announcement, wealthy American entrepreneur Elon Musk expressed a keen interest in delving into the life and travels of Ibn Battuta, an intriguing historical figure hailing from Morocco. Musk’s curiosity about Ibn Battuta was shared on the platform “X,” where he also recommended the podcast titled “The Explorers.”
Born in the year 1304, Ibn Battuta possessed a brilliant mind and an insatiable wanderlust. Over a span of approximately 30 years, he embarked on an incredible journey, spanning diverse regions including North Africa, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and even reaching as far as China.
These remarkable travels have been extensively chronicled in his literary work known as “A Gift to Those Who Contemplate the Wonders of Cities and the Marvels of Traveling,” colloquially referred to as “The Rihla.”
Highly recommend “The Explorers” podcast for stories of exploration of many cultures over the ages.
Am currently learning about Ibn Battuta, an amazingly widely traveled Islamic explorer.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 9, 2023
What sets Ibn Battuta’s voyages apart is the extraordinary distance he covered – an astounding 117,000 kilometers. This far-reaching expedition eclipses the travels of other renowned historical explorers such as Zheng He and Marco Polo, who ventured approximately 50,000 and 24,000 kilometers, respectively.
Musk’s endorsement of Ibn Battuta’s story through the “X” platform and his podcast recommendation highlight the enduring fascination with the unparalleled journey of this intrepid traveler from centuries past.