Umm Waraqa Bint Hareth, who participated in gathering the Quran and providing her nursing services to the warriors at the battle of Badr.
Born on 1179 Died on 1229
Yaqut Al-Hamawi's early scholarly activities consisted in copying and selling manuscripts, whilst studying Arabic and grammar. Yaqut could not settle in one place though and travelled much, first as a merchant, then as a geographer fascinated by places and their diverse populations, dress and ways.
One of the most interesting documents to come to light in the past decade has been that discovered by Djebbar and Hogendijk, a substantial part of the mathematical compendium, Book of Perfection (Istikmal), written in the 11th century by Yusuf al-Mu'taman ibn Hud, a savant who ruled the Spanish king...
Born on 1371 Died on 1433
Zheng He (1371-1433), or Cheng Ho, is arguably China's most famous navigator. Starting from the beginning of the 15th Century, he traveled to the West seven times. For 28 years, he traveled more than 50,000 km and visited over 37 countries. Zheng He died in the tenth year of the reign of the Ming em...