Scholars A-Z

Died on 1213
Due to his late 12th/early 13th century writings, known and read in Morocco, Ibrahim al-Kanemi, carries the distinction - as the first sub-Saharan scholar, to have written in Arabic. He was a grammarian, a poet and a member of the ulema (scholars) of Kanem-Borno, the first Muslim ruled state, of...
Born on 13 Dec, 1380 Died on 29 Feb, 1436
Al-Kashi remains to this day known for his great mathematical output. He produced his treatise Risala al-Muhitiya (Treatise on the Circumference) in July 1424, a work in which he calculated 2 [pi] to nine sexagesimal places and translated this into sixteen decimal places. This was an achie...
Kaatib Musa was a jurist, judge and imam (leader of prayers) of Malinke origin who held the post of scholar during the early 15th century. The title kaatib indicates that he was perhaps a scribe in his younger years who was employed to copy books and to administer the government chanc...
Born on 1349 Died on 1405
Although fundamentally a preacher and legal cleric, Al-Damiri wrote one of the greatest medieval works on zoology and animals. This work, Hayat Al-Hayawan (The Life of Animals) has been edited repeatedly and has also been translated into English by Lieutenant Colonel Jayakar.   For more d...

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