Sunday, February 26, 2012

Ibn Battuta Google Doodle!

Born in Tangier on 24 February 1304 CE, Ibn Battuta was the greatest traveller of the 14th century. Although often compared to Marco Polo, Ibn Battuta covered more ground and was much more adventurous than the European. Born Abou Abdallah Mohammed Ibn Abdallah Ibn Mohammed Ibn Ibrahim Ibn Mohammed Ibn Ibrahim Ibn Youssef Alaouati Attangi, but more snappily known as Ibn Battuta, the intrepid traveller set out on his first trip in 1325. He left Tangier for Mecca, and in fact made the pilgrimage three times over his lifetime. His journey lasted 28 years and covered 120 000 km across 44 states on three continents: Africa, Asia and Europe.

To mark his birthday on the 24th of this month, Google put up a "scrollable Ibn Battuta doodle" that depicts his journey through six slides, starting and ending in Morocco via Egypt, Turkey, India, China and other countries. The doodle also shows Delhi's Qutub Minar.

The last slide shows Ibn Battuta back in his home country Morocco dictating an account of his journeys to Ibn Juzayy, that would become his book Rihla.

The Ibn Battuta doodle is Google's 1311th doodle since the first ever Google doodle back on August 30, 1998.

Google recreated the long journey that Ibn Battuta undertook seven centuries ago on the doodle that it put up on its home page in the Arab countries to commemorate the birthday of the Moroccan explorer.

Ibn Battuta had served as a Qazi in India for about six years during Muhammad bin Tughluq's rule and travelled extensively across the country. He began his travels in 1325 at the age of 21.

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