Seriously, can you? Post Islam I'm talking about. Before that there may have been one, but our libararies were burnt, so we don't know. Anyway, I don't know of one. Naser Khosrow was the closets we apparently come to having an explorer. But he was more a frequent vacationer in Mecca than a traveler / explorer. The guy traveled to Mecca four times. Four fucking times, when the religion itself only requires one! And he was from Balkh. Russia and China were much closer to him. But no, he couldn't get out of his Islam / religion / vozoo / namaaz / mostarah comfort zone. He stuck to what he knew and was comfortable with. No curiosity of other cultures whatsoever. And then he ended up in Egypt studying more religious bullshit, and then wrote a book of potery. Another goddamn poet! Woop-di-doo!
Compare that to the British. A God forsaken dreary, cold, cloudy shit island. but a God forsaken island that ruled half the world at the time. They owe it all to their sense of discovery and exploration. They got in wooden ships, traversed two oceans to get to Australia, and one to get to the United States. We did connect with the British, though. When they came to tell us what our Takht-e-Jamshid was all about---because we were too lazy sitting 20 miles away from it, reading poetry books by our beloved and much aggrandised poets, who also sat 20 miles away from the ruins, drank wine, had sex, went to mostarah, touched the face of Allah (in their drunken stooper), but never inquired about our past. Oh, we also came in contact with them when they told us that those pools of black gooey stuff that we walked by everyday--for a thousand years--on our way to "sineh zani" and "shab-e-she'ar" were called oil and we can make things with them.
See where did we go wrong? It was when we abdicated our responsibility to ourselves and our children to be curious. Incidentally, I believe that our lack of exploration, and desire to interact with other cultures beyond what we are familiar with, is the direct cause of modern day Iran's xenophobia and conspiracy theory culture. One day, the British are the root of all of our ills, the next it's the Jews.