Ibn Battuta’s Journey to Maldives -

Ibn Battuta’s Journey to Maldives
Ibn Battuta’s Journey to Maldives

Ibn Battuta’s Journey to Maldives

The small islands of Maldives are situated in the Indian Ocean, southwestern portion of Sri Lanka and India. The country is an archipelagic nation consist of 26 islets and rise just a few feet above the sea’s surface and extends to 475 miles of beautiful white sand.

During the medieval era, the country plays a vital role in exportation. Coconut fibers are utilized to produce ropes and cowrie shells which are made as Malaysia’s money as well as other parts of Africa.

In the middle of 12th century, the locals of Maldives converted from Buddhism to Islam when a religious Muslim from North Africa got rid of the land’s bad spirits. When he arrived at the country’s capital Male, Ibn Battuta did not plan to stay longer. However, the leaders are looking for a chief judge, a person who knows Arabic and Qur’an. The leaders were happy to see a visitor that meet their requirements. To convince the traveler to stay, they have given him pearls, gold jewelry, and slaves. More so, they did something to make it impossible for him to leave by ship. He agreed to settle while giving them his own conditions including being carried by a horse instead of walking.

He settled in the area with another wife who’s related to the queen, living together in less than 2 months. He’s now part of the royal family and the most important judge.

He worked on his role being a judge with keenness and strived to carry out the strict Muslim law and transform local practices. He commanded that if a man fails to appear during Friday prayer he will be whipped in public disgracefully and robbers will have their right hand cut. When he started to have opponents, Ibn Battuta chose to leave after living in Maldives for 9 months.

 

International Festival of Ibn Battuta

The Moroccan Association of Ibn Battuta will be putting up a travel festival specially dedicated to the legendary Ibn Battuta. Carrying this year’s theme “Travelers, the Ambassadors of Peace”, the second edition of the International Festival of Ibn Battuta will be a unique interactive event where people from the travel community, literary, will be coming together to celebrate his legacy and to empower the people to travel and promote cultural respect.

The event is scheduled for November 9-12, 2017 in the city of Tangier, Morocco. Everyone is invited to join and participate this huge cultural event. You can also become a volunteer. To know more about this event, visit https://ibnbattuta.ma/fw-event-slug/international-festival-ibn-battuta-2nd-edition-tangier-morocco/

 

Mohamed Dekkak

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