Trace the Route of Ibn Battuta on a Map

Ibn Battuta, a 14th century Moroccan scholar, was one of the most prolific explorers in history, traveling 72,000 miles (117,000 kilometers) across Afro-Eurasia, more than four times the distance covered by Marco Polo! Can you name all the countries he visited?
Dashed lines indicate places where the route he took or destinations he visited are uncertain.
If he travels through a country more than once, make sure to guess it every time he goes there!
Thanks to Overtired for helping me adjust the color scheme!
One of these locations does not follow JetPunk standards due to current events. See comments for explanation.
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Last updated: March 2, 2022
First submittedJuly 11, 2021
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Key (الرموز، مفتاح)Mamluk Sultanate, Hajj, and Persia (1325-1328)Swahili Coast and Southern Arabia (1328-1330)Golden Horde and Chagatai Khanates (1330-1333)Delhi Sultanate, SE Asia, and China (1333-1346)Final Hajj and Return Home (1346-1349)Al-Andalus and West Africa (1349-1354)
 
1325-1328
Morocco
Algeria
Tunisia
Libya
Egypt
Israel
Jordan
Syria
Jordan
Saudi Arabia
Iraq
Iran
Iraq
Iran
Iraq
Turkey
Syria
Iraq
Saudi Arabia
1328-1330
Sudan
Yemen
Somalia
Kenya
Tanzania
Oman
Iran
Saudi Arabia
1330-1333
Egypt
Israel
Jordan
Syria
Lebanon
Syria
Turkey
Ukraine
Russia
Ukraine
Romania
Bulgaria
Turkey
Bulgaria
Romania
Ukraine
Russia
Kazakhstan
Uzbekistan
Turkmenistan
Uzbekistan
Afghanistan
1333-1346
Pakistan
India
Maldives
Sri Lanka
India
Maldives
Bangladesh
India
Bangladesh
Indonesia
Malaysia
Vietnam
Philippines
China
1346-1349
Indonesia
India
Oman
Iran
Iraq
Syria
Jordan
Israel
Egypt
Saudi Arabia
Egypt
Tunisia
Italy
Algeria
Morocco
1349-1354
Gibraltar (UK)
Spain
Gibraltar (UK)
Morocco
Algeria
Mali
Mauritania
Mali
Guinea
Mali
Niger
Algeria
Morocco
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Level 70
Jul 11, 2021
A few more notes on this quiz:

The greatest piece of uncertainty here is where Ibn Battuta visited between Malaysia and China. He claims to have gone to a place called "Tawalisi," but it is not clear where that is. Historians have focused on southern Vietnam and the Philippines as the two most likely locations. It's possible he visited both locations, or neither, or just one, hence the dotted line.

A place I chose not to include is Beijing. While he claimed to have gone there, his description is very inaccurate, and most historians believe he made that story up. The same can be said about Bolghar, Russia, which is much further north than he probably travelled.

Finally, if this piqued your interest and you want to learn more, I relied heavily on this site as a resource. This video series is also pretty good.

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Level 70
Mar 2, 2022
Note: In response to Russia's horrific invasion of Ukraine, I have decided that I will recognize all rightfully Ukrainian territory as belonging to Ukraine, including Crimea. Crimea is usually considered Russian by JetPunk standards, but Quizmaster is usually pretty lenient on this rule.

Should this quiz ever get featured, I will go back to using JetPunk standards. For now though, in support of Ukraine, I will keep it Ukrainian.

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Level 59
Jul 13, 2021
Great quiz!
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Level 85
Jul 13, 2021
Nice work!
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Level 62
Oct 14, 2021
I love this quiz! The route animates only up to Egypt. Is that a glitch?

Also, the flag of Earth will be announced today at 18:00 IST. I've also added a flag for the interplanetary association of the planets based on your suggestions. You can check them here. It will be visible from the same time. I hope you like the design. :)

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Level 70
Oct 14, 2021
Thanks! The reason the route only animates up to Egypt is just cuz I haven't had time to update the rest of it :/ I'll get around to animating the rest of it soon, I'm just a bit busy right now.
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Level 62
Oct 14, 2021
Oh, I didn't see the second pinned comment. Anyways, it's still a fun quiz to play. I've played it at least four times! Hope you have a good semester at college. :)
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Level 70
Oct 14, 2021
Glad you like it so much :D To be honest, among the quizzes I've made, this is probably one of my favorites. It was a lot of fun to both make and play, and I'm pretty happy with how it turned it. Hopefully it will be even better when I get around to animating it!
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Level 62
Oct 25, 2021
Loved it again! The animations are oddly satisfying. When I pause and resume the quiz, every line animates themselves. Loved it, definitely! Thanks for updating this quiz. :)
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Level 70
Oct 25, 2021
Once again, thanks :) Really makes me happy that you enjoy it so much!
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Level 65
Oct 25, 2021
Incredible. This has to be featured. I love when I know a few countries in a row, then they all animate at once lol
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Level 70
Oct 25, 2021
Thanks! I agree, the animations can be very satisfying :)
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Level 79
Oct 31, 2021
I love the animations. Nominated!
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Level 70
Oct 31, 2021
Thanks so much! Glad you enjoy the animations so much :)
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Level 75
Nov 13, 2021
wow, amazing!
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Level 70
Nov 13, 2021
Thanks! I know I've said this on other quizzes before, but it always makes me really happy getting comments from accomplished quizmakers like you ^_^
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Level 84
Nov 13, 2021
Fantastic quiz!
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Level 70
Nov 13, 2021
Thanks! :)
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Level 68
Nov 14, 2021
This is excellent, well done! Simply astonishing how far he travelled, for a man of his era. If he had visited any more places I'm sure my computer would have exploded while taking this quiz :D
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Level 70
Nov 14, 2021
Thanks! You're right, it's insane how he covered most of the Old World in just the course of 30 years. Even today, there are very few people who have covered as much ground as he did. That's what made it so fun to make this quiz--it was absolutely fascinating reading his stories and experiences, especially in the places he was unfamiliar with!
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Level 36
Mar 27, 2022
Trace me the route to the Nominate button. I need to press it :)

Btw, about the note of Crimea, I don’t think Quizmaster is being lenient. Actually, he cannot support an actual side on war terms, in a site with people with different views (you know, Cyprus, although he declared being pro-Asian). He cannot deny the truth. He cannot ignore the situation of Afghanistan, needing to change the flag to Taliban one according to standards. Same thing with Crimea. Dan get in a tight-spot in these situations. He need to accept what happened, us wanting or no. But I respect your opinion!

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Level 70
Mar 27, 2022
Thanks!

The quiz I was referencing was this one. If you scroll down, you can see that Quizmaster says, "...any quizmaker who wants to make a quiz can make a personal choice on whether to include Crimea or not [as part of Russia]." He also has never taken down or forcibly changed quizzes for showing Crimea as Ukrainian. If this quiz ever gets featured, I'll go back to JetPunk standards, but for now it doesn't seem to be causing any issues.

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Level 36
Mar 27, 2022
So I misunderstood something. Logically you can support a side, but he need to follow a side, and don’t deny the truth. Maybe I didn’t get totally what you meant :)
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Level 70
Mar 27, 2022
No problem :) Yes, just to explain what I meant is that this is my personal decision. I understand why Quizmaster recognizes Crimea as Russian, and if at any point he asks me to change it, I will. That being said, I don't think Quizmaster cares much so I'm just leaving it like this for now.
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Level 34
Mar 30, 2022
Much more confusing and underrated than the Marco Polo one. Nominated.
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Level 70
Mar 30, 2022
Yep! Definitely more confusing and convoluted, but I like to think that that's what makes it fun. :) Thanks for the nomination!
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Level 56
Apr 14, 2022
Superb quiz! Nominated!
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Level 70
Apr 14, 2022
Thanks!
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Level 66
Apr 14, 2022
I would have gone back to Maldives too.
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Level 70
Apr 14, 2022
Yeah, I've heard it's beautiful there. I'd love to go sometime, but unfortunately I'm not sure it will exist for much longer.
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Level 83
Apr 14, 2022
I was once going to make a quiz like this. You probably did a much better job than I would have.
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Level 83
Apr 14, 2022
I was once going to make a quiz like this. You probably did a much better job than I would have.
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Level 83
Apr 14, 2022
my students in Saudi Arabia sometimes called me ibn Battuta
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Level 70
Apr 14, 2022
Thanks! Means a lot from a quizmaker of your caliber. And given how much you've been around, I think that's the perfect nickname :) (Also, you commented the same thing twice, might wanna delete one of them.)
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Level 47
Apr 21, 2022
This quiz is awesome! It's amazing that a man from that long ago managed to travel to the places he did.
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Level 70
Apr 21, 2022
Thanks! I really recommend looking into him more, he lived a very fascinating life :D
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Level 47
Apr 21, 2022
I definitely will!