The Book Most Comprehensive In Knowledge on Precious Stones (Kitab-al-Jamahir Fi Ma'rifat Al-Jawahi)
By Abu Rayhan Al-Beruni
Translator : Hakim Mohammad Said (1989)
Paperback 355 Pages
About The Book And The Author
The Most Comprehensive Book on the Knowledge of Precious Stones.
A comprehensive book by one of the most important Muslim scientist, al-Beruni; it integrates his life long scientific learning about precious stones with his Islamic beliefs.
Abu Raihan Muhammad Al-Beruni was born in Kath, Khwarazm (now Kara-Kalpakskaya, Uzbekistan) and Died in Ghazna (now Ghazni, Afghanistan) in 973 C.E. He studied Arabic, Islamic Law, and several branches of knowledge. Later, he learnt Greek, Syriac and Sanskrit. His knowledge of several languages helped him in understanding the available work and bring together a fresh and original approach in his work.
Al-Beruni was an outstanding astronomer, mathematician, physicist, Physician, geographer, geologist and historian. According to Max Meyerhoff, Al-Beruni is perhaps the most prominent figure in the phalanx of those universally learned Muslim scholars who characterize the Golden Age of Islamic Science. His great contributions in so many diverse fields earned him the title "al-Ustadh," the Master or Professor par excellence. Some historians have called the period of his activity as "The Age of Al-Beruni."
Al-Beruni was of the view that whatever the subject one should use every available source in its original form, investigate the available work with objective scrutiny, and carry out research through direct observation and experimentation.
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