The great Moroccan geographer Ibn Battuta wrote this about Mali's people and society after visiting the country in 1352:
- This society does not permit dishonest or unfair behavior, and severely reprimands anyone who acts dishonestly.
- Safe travel is possible with the highest guarantee of security.
- Rather than guests being removed of their possessions, an environment of secure safekeeping is assured.
- A strongly religious society.
- The people of this society are always stylishly dressed.
These virtues noted by Battuta remain unchanged even today. Malian society places importance interpersonal relations, and is as a whole intent on upholding morality. In particular, local societies are not exclusionary, and are by nature open to anyone. While Malians are strongly religious, the fact that other faiths and ideas are also flexibly accepted makes it possible for Islam, natural religions and Christianity, for example, to coexist peacefully.