Muhammad al-Idrisi al-Qurtubi al-Hasani al-Sabti, Muslim geographer, cartographer and botanist. Al-Idrisi was born in 1099 in modern-day Cuepta, a Spanish enclave on the northern tip of the Moroccan mainland. Al-Idrisi came from the Idrisid line of Moroccan rulers who claimed descent of the Prophet (saw). After studying at the world’s most renowned institute of his day, the University of Cordoba in Al-Andalus, al-Idrisi traveled throughout Europe, Anatolia, and Africa to take measurements and gather geographical data for his mapmaking endeavors. He spent many of his years in the services of King Roger II of Sicily, for whom he constructed the most magnificent map the world had seen- a 400 kg globe made of silver that meticulously and accurately outlined the world trade routes, lakes and rivers, major cities, plains and mountains. Reflected in his maps were corrections of then-accepted notions supposed by respected mapmakers; al-Idrisi rightly concluded that the Indian Ocean was not a closed body and that the Caspian Sea was not an arm of the world’s oceans. European sailors and military generals would maneuver using his maps for centuries; even the map Christopher Columbus used was based on al-Idrisi’s work. Regarding botany, he delved into the science of medicinal plants and wrote several books, the most popular entitled “Kitab al-Jami-li-Sifat Ashtat al-Nabatat” (The Simple Text on Medicinal Plants). In his writings, he associated drugs available to him from Muslim scientists with those from his own research and travels, describing the names of these drugs in several languages including Berber, Syriac, Persian, Hindi, Greek, and Latin. #Islam #Muslim #IslamicHistory #Alandalus #Cordoba #Cuepta #Sicily #Palermo #Map #Navigation #Geography #Botany #Science #IslamicGoldenAge

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Muhammad al-Idrisi al-Qurtubi al-Hasani al-Sabti, Muslim geographer, cartographer and botanist.

Al-Idrisi was born in 1099 in modern-day Cuepta, a Spanish enclave on the northern tip of the Moroccan mainland. Al-Idrisi came from the Idrisid line of Moroccan rulers who claimed descent of the Prophet (saw). After studying at the world’s most renowned institute of his day, the University of Cordoba in Al-Andalus, al-Idrisi traveled throughout Europe, Anatolia, and Africa to take measurements and gather geographical data for his mapmaking endeavors. He spent many of his years in the services of King Roger II of Sicily, for whom he constructed the most magnificent map the world had seen- a 400 kg globe made of silver that meticulously and accurately outlined the world trade routes, lakes and rivers, major cities, plains and mountains. Reflected in his maps were corrections of then-accepted notions supposed by respected mapmakers; al-Idrisi rightly concluded that the Indian Ocean was not a closed body and that the Caspian Sea was not an arm of the world’s oceans. European sailors and military generals would maneuver using his maps for centuries; even the map Christopher Columbus used was based on al-Idrisi’s work. Regarding botany, he delved into the science of medicinal plants and wrote several books, the most popular entitled “Kitab al-Jami-li-Sifat Ashtat al-Nabatat” (The Simple Text on Medicinal Plants). In his writings, he associated drugs available to him from Muslim scientists with those from his own research and travels, describing the names of these drugs in several languages including Berber, Syriac, Persian, Hindi, Greek, and Latin.

#Islam #Muslim #IslamicHistory #Alandalus #Cordoba #Cuepta #Sicily #Palermo #Map #Navigation #Geography #Botany #Science #IslamicGoldenAge

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Just go on Islamic history and go on "Muslim Contributions to the World" then click map

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