Ibn Batuta, Mohammed ibn Abdallah, a Moorish traveller and theologian, born at Tangier in 1302, died about 1378. He made extensive journeys between 1325 and 1353 over Egypt, Syria, Arabia, Persia, China, Tartary, Hindostan, the Maldive islands, the Indian archipelago, central Africa, and Spain, and wrote an account of his travels, the original manuscript of which has not been discovered, although supposed to have been preserved at Cairo or at Fez, to which latter place he returned after the completion of his travels. Fragments of his manuscript were epitomized by Mohammed ibn Tazri el-Kelbi, and extracts of this epitome were made by another Moorish admirer of Batuta, named Mohammed ibn Fal. This "Extract of an Epitome," as it is called, fell into the hands of Burck-hardt, who bequeathed it to the English university of Cambridge. A translation of the "Extract," by the Rev. Samuel Lee of Cambridge, appeared in 1828, in the publications of the oriental translation fund. A French version of Batata's travels was published at Paris in 1853, in 4 vols. 8vo.

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