Ibn Yunus

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Ibn Yunus (Arabic: ابن يونس) (full name, Abu al-Hasan 'Ali ibn 'Abd al-Rahman ibn Ahmad ibn Yunus al-Sadafi al-Misri) (c. 950-1009) was an important Egyptian Muslim astronomer and mathematician,Ivan van Sertima, Egypt: Child of Africa, p. 337. whose works are noted for being ahead of their time, having been based on meticulous calculations and attention to detail.

The crater Ibn Yunus on the Moon is named after him.


Information regarding his early life and education is uncertain. He was born in Egypt between 950 and 952 and came from a respected family in Fustat. His father was a historian, biographer and scholar of hadith, who wrote two volumes about the history of Egypt—one about the Egyptians and one based on traveler commentary on Egypt.Eickelman, Dale F. James Piscatori. Muslim Travellers: Pilgrimage, Migration, and the Religious Imagination. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1990. p. 58 His great grandfather had been an associate of the noted legal...
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