NOT JEFF BEZOS, OR BILL GATES: MALI’S MANSA MUSA WAS THE RICHEST MAN EVER

Sun 18 July 2021: His name was Mansa Musa and he was an African Muslim king, whose 4,000-mile trip to Mecca accompanied by a caravan of 60,000 people and thousands of servants, went down in history.  Musa was born in 1280, and Mansa means ‘Sultan’ in the native language of Mandinka spoken in the region. […]

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ACADEMIC DISCOVERS COPY OF YUNUS EMRE’S ‘DIVAN’ IN VATICAN LIBRARY

Tue 11 May 2021: Himmet Büke, an associate professor in the Turkish literature department at Turkey’s Burdur Mehmet Akif Ersoy University, found a copy of the great Turkish thinker and poet Yunus Emre’s “Divan” while searching the archives of Turkish works in the digital collection of the Vatican Library. The cover of the recently discovered copy of […]

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ULUGH BEG: THE LEGENDARY MUSLIM ASTRONOMER, PRINCE OF STARS

Sat 08 May 2021: Born into noble Timurid lineage, Ulugh Beg gained fame for his intellect and pioneering strides in astronomy and mathematics. The story goes that American counterparts to Alexei Leonov — a Russian cosmonaut who became the first human to conduct a spacewalk on 18 March 1965 (then-USSR), asked a favour of him, openly expressing […]

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WHY ISMAIL AL JAZARI IS CALLED THE FATHER OF MEDIEVAL ROBOTS

Sun 02 May 2021: His knowledge in automation in the 12th century inspired several generations of scientists to take his craft forward and step into an era of robotics. “The robots are coming” has become a catchphrase. It has a cross-cultural resonance because automation and artificial intelligence have had a genuine disruptive effect on the […]

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AL-BIRUNI, THE GOLDEN AGE OF ISLAM’S ‘UNIVERSAL GENIUS’

Sun 07 March 2021: He elevated mathematics to a level where it embraced and complemented the laws of nature. Calculating the radius of the earth over a thousand years ago required a lot of imagination. It was Abu Reyhan Al-Biruni, the 10th century Islamic mathematical genius, who combined trigonometry and algebra to achieve this very […]

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ARCHEOLOGISTS UNEARTH ANCIENT CHARIOT AT POMPEII

Sun 29 February 2021: Archaeologists on Saturday unearthed more than they bargained for in the Italian city of Pompeii, the city buried in a volcanic eruption in 79 AD. Officials at the ancient site uncovered a perfectly intact ceremonial chariot — complete with bronze decorations of “erotic images” of men and women. The almost perfectly preserved four-wheeled carriage […]

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