Muslim Scientist Prediction and Calculation Led to the discovery of America

Muslim Scientist Abu Rehan Al BeruniJNN 17 Jan 2014 Karachi : For centuries, the world has given Spanish explorer Christopher Columbus to be the man who discovered the Americas (never mind the people who already lived there).

However, new research shows that Central Asian Muslim scholar Abu Raihan al-Biruni discovered the continent centuries before Columbus.  This theory was proposed in around 1037, by which point al-Biruni would have been 70 years old, and perhaps too old to travel it himself.

Writing in History Today, S. Frederick Starr says al-Biruni, born in Iran was the first person to officially suggest that a landmass exisited other than Europe and Asia. Al-Biruni’s expertise on geography and mapping led him to conclude that Europe, Africa and Asia, only accounted for two-fifths of the world.

Starr writes that al-Biruni’s knowledge of both Middle-Eastern and Indian languages, as well as being trained in mathematics, astronomy, mineralogy, geography, cartography, geometry and trigonometry under great scholars like Ahmad al-Farghani, gave him deep insight into the sciences of various fields and civilizations. Al-Biruni also mapped the latitudinal and longitudinal locations of various cities in central Asia, India, the Middle-East and the Mediterranean.

Al-Biruni was one of the most important figures in developing Greek science. The work of al-Biruni’s teacher al-Farghani, is thought to be the basis for Columbus’s own explorations.  Al-Biruni also provided an estimation of the earth’s circumference, only off by 10.44 miles from modern measurements.

3 thoughts on “Muslim Scientist Prediction and Calculation Led to the discovery of America

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  2. Oh please! The Chinese had America printed on maps 5,000 years ago. And the Icelandics had traveled to America before Mohammed was even born. Give the Muslim bullshit a rest. Muslims were and continue to be invaders and robbers, not inventors or explorers.

  3. This may be so, but it was Admiral Cheng Ho(he) whose assistant, another admiral that first discovered America see book 1434 by Gavin Menzies. Admiral Cheng Ho was a Muslim Eunuch, during the first Ming Emperor’s period from the time of opening of the Forbidden City. Read 1421 by same author. Cheng Ho mad 6 or7 voyages to Jeddah for Hajj. And on the way distributed as gifts the Kings daughters as gifts to the Sultans of then Brunei & Malay states, stopped in India at Cochin, then ruled by Muslim Zamorin. In Singapore a book was published by the Malaysian Sociological Research Institute(Editor Shirle Gordon) after the Maria Hertogh riots to prove to Malays that Chinese were Also Muslims. Please distribute. Also see Maria Hertogh riots on Channel News Asia 19th Jan at 8 p.m. was salam

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