Muslim contribution in Geography!

Muslim contribution in Geography!

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Love

Cairo, Egypt

#1 Sep 17, 2008
Muslim scholars paid great attention to geography. In fact, the Muslims' great concern for geography originated with their religion.

The Quran encourages people to travel throughout the earth to see God's signs and patterns everywhere. Islam also requires each Muslim to have at least enough knowledge of geography to know the direction of the Qiblah (the position of the Ka'bah in Makkah) in order to pray five times a day.

Muslims were also used to taking long journeys to conduct trade as well as to make the Hajj and spread their religion. The far-flung Islamic empire enabled scholar-explorers to compile large amounts of geographical and climatic information from the Atlantic to the Pacific.

Among the most famous names in the field of geography, even in the West, are Ibn Khaldun and Ibn Batuta, renowned for their written accounts of their extensive explorations.

In 1166, Al-Idrisi, the well-known Muslim scholar who served the Sicilian court, produced very accurate maps, including a world map with all the continents and their mountains, rivers and famous cities. Al-Muqdishi was the first geographer to produce accurate maps in color.

Spain was ruled by Muslims under the banner of Islam for over 700 years. By the 15th century of the Gregorian calendar the ruler-ship of Islam had been seated in Spain and Muslims had established centers of learning which commanded respect all over the known world at that time. There were no "Dark Ages" such the rest of Europe experienced for the Muslims in Spain and those who lived there with them. In January of 1492 Muslim Spain capitulated to Catholic Rome under King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella. By July of the same year, Muslims were instrumental in helping navigate Christopher Columbus to the Caribbean South of Florida.

It was, moreover, with the help of Muslim navigators and their inventions that Magellan was able to traverse the Cape of Good Hope, and Da Gamma and Columbus had Muslim navigators on board their ships.

So what did Churches do in this field except Prisoning, Burning, Killing scientists!?

Peace

Since: Jul 08

Location hidden

#2 Sep 17, 2008
where do you get this information from?

Oh and I guess you are going to say that Muslims mapped the pacific ocean and all the islands that are there as well???

“Darwin died for your sins”

Since: Aug 08

Nunya

#3 Sep 17, 2008
AussieChristian wrote:
where do you get this information from?
Oh and I guess you are going to say that Muslims mapped the pacific ocean and all the islands that are there as well???
Yes! and they were the first in space! The first to visit planet jupiter! The first to put starfighter bases on the planet mercury!!! Is there anything these guys CAN'T do?
Andrew

Jakarta, Indonesia

#4 Sep 17, 2008
Geography is not Just Mapping.
Love

Cairo, Egypt

#5 Sep 17, 2008
AussieChristian wrote:
where do you get this information from?
Oh and I guess you are going to say that Muslims mapped the pacific ocean and all the islands that are there as well???
If I were you I would care more to answer this question:

So what did Churches do in this field except Prisoning, Burning, Killing scientists!?

Better them Doubting clear facts about Islam!

Peace

Since: Jul 08

Location hidden

#6 Sep 18, 2008
Love wrote:
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If I were you I would care more to answer this question:
So what did Churches do in this field except Prisoning, Burning, Killing scientists!?
Better them Doubting clear facts about Islam!
Peace
Um I think you have diverted off the topic which you started... It was to do with Geography ... or had you forgotten ....????

and I asked a question .. and you went off course.
Alen

Market Rasen, UK

#7 Sep 18, 2008
The God tells us about the nebulas in space, wghich prophet Muhammad had no knowledge of:

55:37 Then, when the universe is torn, and turns like a rose colored paint.
Asma Bari

Windsor, Canada

#8 Oct 19, 2009
As Muslims we believe in one god, Allah, and that he made everything.
Bibi

UK

#9 Feb 10, 2013
When ever people discuss and bring in the Dogmas of Religions in there discussion they never achieve their aim, rather they get provocked by one another. You guys should stop influencing the world nagetively ok? Jesus or Muhammed you guys are totally ignorant of who they truely are ... There is no religion in science.
kenneth doemcq

Oakland, CA

#10 Nov 3, 2013
this is the source where she got it from----------http://www.islam tomorrow.com/science2.asp

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