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Admiral Zheng He

A Muslim Geographer You Should Know

We all know names of western explorers like Marco Polo, Ferdinand Magellan, Vasco da Gama, Columbus and others who have put their names in the history of ocean and sea exploration.

Al-Battani: the Trigonometrical Genius

Al-Battani (Albategnius): The Trigonometrical Genius

Abu Abdallah Muhammad Ibn Jabir Ibn Sinan Al-Battani Al-Harrani, known in the West as Albategnius, is considered the greatest astronomer of his time and one of the greatest during the Middle Ages. Al-Battani was born around 858 C.E. in Battan, a state of Harran, and was first educated by his father Jabir Ibn San’an Al-Battani, …

Az-Zahrawi: The Great Muslim Surgeon

The 10th century saw the zenith of the Umayyad golden age in Andalusia. Under the leadership of ‘Abd ar-Rahman An-Nasir (r. 912-961) and his son Al-Hakam II, this dynasty established sovereignty over the majority of the Iberian Peninsula. The capital Cordoba developed into Europe’s greatest metropolis, a thriving city of half a million, where educational and …

Muslim Scientist Makes Innovative Cancer Test

QUEENSLAND – A Bangladeshi Muslim scientist at the University of Queensland, Australia has invented a ground-breaking cancer test that would revolutionize cancer detection in a new method as easy as a blood test, 5PillarsUK reported. “The new testing method is based on a unique DNA signature that appears to be common across cancer types,” Abu …

Did You Know Most of Brightest Stars Have Arabic Names

Most of Brightest Stars Have Arabic Names

Because of the prominent role of Muslim astronomers during the Islamic Golden Ages, many of the stars that have been named actually have an Arabic name. The names are Latinized, but we can often find traces of the Arabic words in them. Islamic astronomers, such as Abd al-Rahman al-Sufi, had an important role in the …

Ibn al-Haytham (Alhazen): Master of Optics

One of the brightest names in Islamic medieval sciences is that of mathematician and scholar Abu ‘Ali al-Hasan bin al-Hasan bin al-Haytham, known as “Alhazen” to the Western world. Born in Basra, Iraq in 965, he won repute there as a mathematician and engineer. He was invited to move to Cairo, Egypt by the Fatimid …

1001 Inventions and the World of Ibn Al Haytham

1001 Inventions and the World of Ibn Al Haytham - A Must Watch

Watch this excellent short film that brings to life the fascinating story of Ibn al-Haytham. Considered by many as the ‘Father of Optics’, Ibn al-Haytham made important contributions to the understanding of vision, optics and light. In the film, the brave young scientist from 11th century Arabia embarks upon a quest to uncover ancient mysteries that would …

Muslim Biologist Named 'World's Best Science Communicator'

Muslim Biologist Named World's Best Science Communicator

KUALA LUMPUR – Topping the list of 27 science communicators from around the world, Malaysian scientist Dr Siti Khayriyyah Mohd Hanafiah  has been named the “World’s Best Science Communicator” due to her exceptional performance in the 11th FameLab International competition. “I wanted to win so badly because I knew many people back in Malaysia were waking …

Ibn Alnafis, Discoverer of Pulmonary Circulation

Ibn Alnafis, Discoverer of Pulmonary Circulation

Ala-al-Din Abu al-Hasan Ali Ibn Abi al-Hazm al-Qarshi al-Dimashqi (known as Ibn Al-Nafis) was born in 1213 A.D. in Damascus. He was educated at the Medical College Hospital (Bimaristan Al-Noori) founded by Noor al-Din Al-Zanki. Apart from medicine, Ibn al-Nafis learned jurisprudence, literature and theology. He thus became a renowned expert on the Shafi’i School …

Omar Khayyam

Omar Khayyam: Poet With Flair for Numbers

Few people have not heard of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, but the fame of his poetry in the West has only existed since 1839, when Edward Fitzgerald published an English translation of Khayyam’s Rubaiyat (“Quatrains”).

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