Muslim scholar discovered America 500 years before Columbus

Central Asian Muslim scholar Abu Raihan al-Biruni hypothesized the existence of the Americas in the early eleventh century.

Muslim scholar discovered America 500 years before Columbus

World Bulletin / News Desk

Amid the growing wave of pessimism regarding the so called ‘official story’ that has for centuries attempted to convince the world that Spanish explorer Christopher Columbus was the first person to discover the Americas, an article which claims that central Asian Muslim scholar Abu Raihan al-Biruni discovered the continent centuries before Columbus has come to light.

Writing in History Today, S. Frederick Starr explained that the Muslim scholar had indeed discovered the Americas long before Columbus set sail in 1498. According to the article, Abu Raihan al-Biruni, who was born in the year 973 in what is today known as Uzbekistan, was the first person to officially suggest that an undiscovered landmass in the ocean between the Europe and Asia actually existed.

Although al-Biruni, who made the claim in the early eleventh century, never himself laid eyes on the Americas, his unmatched expertise on geography and mapping led him to the conclusion that the known world – which spanned from the west coasts of Europe and Africa to the east coasts of Asia – only accounted for two-fifths of the world.

His knowledge of both Middle-Eastern and Indian languages, as well as being trained in mathematics, astronomy, mineralogy, geography, cartography, geometry and trigonometry under great scholars like Ahmad al-Farghani, gave him deep insight into the sciences of various fields and civilizations. Al-Biruni began by working out the latitudinal and longitudinal locations of various cities in central Asia, India, the Middle-East and the Mediterranean.

Having studied the works of Ancient Greek scholars like Claudius Ptolemy and Pythagoras, al-Biruni was of the few people in that time that actually accurately estimated that the earth was round. His teacher al-Farghani had also estimated that the earth was indeed round, and did surprisingly well to provide a near-accurate measurement of the earth’s circumference, which Columbus himself also used as a basis for his own explorations. However, Columbus failed to note that al-Farghani had given the measurement in Arab miles rather than Roman miles, leading him to grossly underestimate the distance of his journey. Furthermore, Columbus had no intention of discovering the Americas when he set sail, as he assumed that his travels would take him directly from Europe to Asia.

Al-Biruni, like his teacher, also provided an estimation of the earth’s circumference, which happened to be a lot more accurate, skipping only 10.44 miles from modern measurements. As well as proposing that the earth orbited the sun rather than the more commonly accepted opposite notion of that time, in his book Codex Masudicus, Biruni also hypothesized the existence of the Americas.

This theory was proposed in around 1037, by which point al-Biruni would have been 70 years old. For this reason, due to not having the energy nor the means to make the trek himself, al-Biruni’s belief remained a mere theory. That is not the say that the Americas had not already been discovered, because there are also records citing that Norsemen from Scandinavia scouring across Iceland and Greenland, eventually accidently landing on Canada only to be chased away by natives who were already living there also exist from the late tenth century. However, al-Biruni was the first person from the known world to officially claim the so called ‘new world’ existed.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 05 Ocak 2014, 10:00
jason neergard
jason neergard - 7 yıl Önce

Colombus did not set sail in 1498-It was in 1492-thank you!

edward - 7 yıl Önce

Just because he suggesed a land mass was there doesnt mean he discovered it. What a false headline!

Peter - 7 yıl Önce

there is evidence that people had known about North and South America going back to 2000 BC, silver mined in Illinois found in Egyptian pyramid artifacts..

F.P. - 7 yıl Önce

columbus is from what is now italy. genoa if i remember right.

Shahin - 7 yıl Önce

He is not Uzbak nor arab, He is Persian(IRAN)

Max Finesterra
Max Finesterra - 7 yıl Önce

Eric the Red, and Leif Ericson had already been to the Americas in the 10th Century.

kwn - 7 yıl Önce

bullcrap just like Obama

Darcy - 7 yıl Önce

0k,ok...Now muslim Wants To Be The America Frist People.....Ha, ha, ha......They Want To Be The Earth 0wner....They Live In The Caven Man Time ...But, With The Ignorance Wants people Beleive They Are Intelligent....Ha, Ha, Ha, Only To Ignorant People Like Them...Evil, Is Evil....