Two Minutes with Dr. Arab Personalities: Ahmad ibn Majid- Arab Navigator from Ras al-Khaimah, UAE
دقيقتان مع الدكتور يحيى :شخصيات عربية : أحمد بن ماجد بحًار من الإمارات العربية
الأستاذ الدكتور حسن يحيى : عالم اجتماع ومؤرخ
Hasan Yahya, Ph.ds, Palestinian Sociologist and Historian
Ahmad ibn Majid was one of the most famous Arab navigators (mu’allim) in history, was born around 1432-1437. at Julfar in northern Ras al-Khaimah, which was part of Oman, until 1970, He became famous in the West as the navigator who has been associated with helping Vasco da Gama find his way from Africa to India, for in a work by the Makkanan writer Qutb al-Din al-Nahrawali (1511-1582) entitled al-Barq al-yamani fi’l-fath al-‘Uthmani, published in 1892, we read that, having reached East Africa, the Portuguese ‘continually sought information regarding [the crossing of] this sea [Arabian Sea] until a skilful sailor named Ahmad ibn Majid put himself at their disposal’.
This is now known to be incorrect. But Ibn Majid’s fame in the Arabic speaking world was far greater, for he was the author of nearly 40 works of poetry and prose. The first of these, his Hawiya, is a poem of some 1082 verses dating to 1462 which is a veritable compendium of navigational theory. Ibn Majid’s Fawa’id, the full title of which translates as ‘the book of profitable things concerning the first principles and rules of navigation’, is perhaps the greatest work on Arab navigation ever written. Not only does it provide unrivalled detail on the Indian Ocean, the routes to be used in crossing it, and the region’s chief ports, but he provides a history of Arab navigation prior to his time as well. (257 words) www.hasanyahya.com
– طيبون ، ولكن أكثرهم لا يقرأون ، وقليل منهم يعلمون، فهل ندعهم في غيهم وجهلهم يعمهون؟ فيا عرب ، اجعلوا القراءة من هواياتكم المفضلة،
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Hasan Yahya is a Palestinian Sociologist and Historian, former professor of Comparative Sociology and Educational Administration at Michigan State University and Jackson Community College. He is the Board Editing member at International Humanities Studies (IHS) Journal. Dr. Yahya is the originator of Arab American Encyclopedia and Ihyaa al Turath al Arabi fil Mahjar-USA. His publication may be observed on Amazon and Kindle. To reach the writer: Email: email@example.com
Dr. Yahya Credentials:
Ph.D in Comparative Socioloy 1991, Michigan State University.
Ph.D in Educational Administration, Michigan State Univ.
M.A Psychology of Schhols Conflict Management, Michigan State Univ.
Diploma M.A, Oriental Studies, St. Joseph Univ. Beirut, Lebanon
B.A Modern and Classical Arab Literature
Life Achievements: Publishing 250 plus Books and 1000 plus articles