The Jakarta Post/Jakarta
The world recognised amongst the great travellers/conquerors by the name of Ibn Battutah. He was born in Tangier in 1321. He left Morocco at age of 21 for the holy pilgrimage.
He was inspired by the history of the Prophet Mohammad and started his journey following the spices routes of Arabia, Persia, India, Southeast Asia and China. His adventures were documented in a book titled: The Travels.
He is iknown for his extensive travels, accounts of which were published in the Rihla (lit. “Journey”). Over the period of thirty years, Ibn Battuta visited most of known Islamic world as well as many non-muslim lands.
His journeys included trips to North Africa, the Horn of Africa, West Africa, and Eastern Europe, and to the Middle East, South Asia, Central Asia, Southeast Asia, and China.
In the year 1345,Ibn Battuta travelled on to Samudra Pasai Sultanate in present day Aceh, Northern Sumatra, where he notes in his travel log that the ruler of Samudra Pasai was a pious Muslim named Sultan Al-Malik Al-Zahir Jamal-ad-Din, Who performed his religious duties in utmost zeal and often waged campaign against animists in the region.
The island of Sumatra according to IbnBattuta was rich in camphor, Areca nut, cloves, and Tin.