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  1. Madali

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    http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsCon...dle-celebrates-Persian-astronomer-Azophi.aspx

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    Google doodle celebrates Persian astronomer Abd Al-Rahman Al-Sufi known in the West as Azophi and Azophi Arabus, with a representation of the constellation Cancer, or “the Crab.”



    Al Sufi was born on 7 December, 903 in Rey, Iran and died, aged 83, on 25 May, 986, Shiraz, Iran.

    "Abd Al-Rahman Al-Sufi forever changed the way we look at the stars in the sky. As one of the world’s most influential astronomers, he dedicated his life to furthering our understanding of the stars and constellations. The lunar crater 'Azophi' and the minor planet '12621 Alsufi' are named after him," Google's commentary on it's new doodle reads.

    Al-Sufi, one of the most famous nine Muslim astronomers, lived in and worked out of the court of Emir Adud ad-Daula in Ispahan, Persia.

    He focused on translation of works of the Almagest of Ptolemy and other Greek astronomers.

    Al-Sufi expanded Ptolemy's star list, adding his own estimates, often correcting what he believed to be innacurate in Greek work.

    Al-Sufi also contributed to revival and further development of Hellnistic astronomy through his work in Egypt's Alexandria.

    He researched and often compiled Arab and Hellenistic findings in order to create a comprehensive astronomical map of the time.

    His representation of the constellation Cancer, also known as “the Crab," is based on one of the drawings coming from Al-Sufi’s manuscript The Book of Fixed Stars.

    The Google Doodle commemorating Abd Al-Rahman Al-Sufi can be viewed in Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Lebanon, UAE Oman, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Libya, and Egypt.
     
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    He isn't Iranian, not because he was born in Bilad Faris, then you out of nowhere gave him a citizenship of Iran!
    He is an Arabian guy and his Father name is Omar, since when Iranians call their sons with the name of Omar?
    Iranians hate Omar till the point that they build a shrine for Abu Lulu Majoosi who killed Omar (رضي الله عنه).

    Here's some works of the Arabian scientist Abdulrahman Omar Alsufi

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    I bet no Iranian here can understand this because it's all written in Arabic.
     
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    Abd al-Rahman al-Sufi (Persian: عبدالرحمن صوفی‎‎ Arabic: أبوالحسين عبدالرحمن بن عمر الصوفي‎‎) (December 7, 903 in Rey, Iran – May 25, 986 in Shiraz, Iran) was a Persian astronomer, historically, in the West as Azophi and Azophi Arabus. The lunar crater Azophi and the minor planet 12621 Alsufi are named after him. Al-Sufi published his famous Book of Fixed Stars in 964, describing much of his work, both in textual descriptions and pictures. Al-Biruni reports that his work on the ecliptic was carried out in Shiraz. He lived at the Buyid court in Isfahan.

    I know, it must hurt so much that barely any prominent scientist has emerged from Najd (desert wasteland), but you may have to swallow the truth as hard as it is.

    He was an Iranian, known in world as an Iranian, born and died in Iran and was a Sunni (Sunnis have always lived in Iran, then and now). Deal with it.
     
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    Idiot instead of ranting about Iranians show one single scientist from najd/hijz. If it wasn't because of oil you scums were living like Sudanis.
     
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    You do know that Arabic is basically the lingua franca of astronomy and astrology and that the most famous Muslim astronomers were of Arab origin and originally from Arabia either by birth or descent?

    People such as Al-Battani, Al-Farghani, Al-Zarqali, Al-Asturlabi, Ibn Al-Shatir, Al-Rudani etc. to name a few. All Arab.

    Most of those astronomers below are Arab. Vast majority.

    http://islamstory.com/en/node/27321

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Muslim_astronomers

    As for Al-Sufi he wrote most of his work in the Arab world and wrote in Arabic. He translated works from Arabic and Greek. Besides his name is Arabic too.

    Another thing:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Arabic_star_names

    This is a list of traditional Arabic names for stars. In Western astronomy, most of the accepted star names are Arabic, a few are Greek and some are of unknown origin. Typically only bright stars have names.[1]

    Also @alarabi is from Hijaz not Najd. The region that gave the world the most Muslim scientists based on birth and descent compared to the population size. Nor was Najd ever a wasteland. In fact it was the birthplace of many several millennia old civilizations and is the birthplace (some argue) of Arabic poetry as we know it which influenced the Muslim world greatly and its literature. As well as the Arabian horse which was domesticated almost 10.000 years ago in Najd and which changed travel forever in the ancient world.
    If Najd is a wasteland using your logic so is most of Iran (the center of Iran) which ironically is Persian inhabited.

    He may have been of Arab origin as Arabs used to rule Iran and many famous Arab scientists were born in Iran or either died there AND vice versa. Even a few Caliphs. Arguably one of the most famous Caliphs in history, Harun al-Rashid for instance who was half Persian btw from his mothers side. Arabs and Persians used to intermarry a lot in those days. Anyway many Muslim scientists ancestry is disputed between either Arab or Persian (mostly). However it does not matter as most Muslim astronomers were of Arab origin and Arabic was the lingua franca of astronomy and astrology and most of the learning centers were located in the Arab world or territory ruled by Arabs such as Al-Andalus (Córdoba).

    As for them not being able to read his work, that is not exactly surprising as all the work of almost all Muslim scientists was written in Arabic as that was the lingua franca of Islam and the Muslim world and remains to be to this day (liturgic at least). Classical too at that.
     
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    One thing to keep in mind about google doodles is that they are not made in the google HQs in america. Google has its local chapters in all countries/regions of the world. Doodles that appear in Pakistan for example are made by Pakistanis sitting in Pakistan for the Pakistani google page. So a pakistani doodle is pakistanis paying homage to themselves not americans paying respect to pakistan.
     
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    And muslims fighting over it instead of celebrating, ME in a nutshell. :lol:
     
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    Muslims are not fighting, Arabs are fighting over something that doesn't belong to them. :enjoy: Otherwise, we respect any country's achievements.
     
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    5 Persian Scholars Who Shaped the Islamic World

    From the mid-7th century through the mid-13th century, the Islamic World was the center of world learning and scientific development. The Islamic Golden Age gave rise to countless inventions and innovations, while Islamic scholars were key to preserving the knowledge of the Greeks and other ancient civilizations. The Abbasid Caliphate was heavily Persian influenced and some of its greatest scholars were indeed Persians.

    Ibn Sina (Avicenna) b. 980 near Bukhara, d. 1037 Hamadan, Iran
    One of most influential scientists and philosophers of the Islamic World, Ibn Sina is best known for his important contributions to the field of medicine. His seminal work Al-Qanun fi al-Tibb (The Canon of Medicine) is considered one of the most famous books in the history of medicine and set the standard for medical practice in Europe and the Islamic World through the 17th century.

    Sībawayh b. ca. 760 Beyza, Iran, d. ca. 793 Shiraz, Iran
    The greatest Arabic linguist and grammarian in history was in fact Persian. Sibawayh, a non-native speaker of Arabic, wrote the first book on Arabic grammar, Al-Kitāb fī an-Naḥw. This monumental work was central in setting the standard for explaining Arabic grammar, especially to non-Arab converts to Islam.

    Al-Khwārazmī b. ca.780, d. ca. 850
    This famous Persian mathematician is credited with introducing the decimal system to the Western world. A scholar in the House of Wisdom in Baghdad, Al-Khwarazmi’s work on linear and quadratic equations led to the later development of algebra, a term which stems from the title of one of his books. The word algorithm derives from the latinized form of his name Algoritmi.

    Al-Rāzī (Rhazes) b. 854 Rey, Iran, d. 925 Rey, Iran
    A celebrated polymath, Al-Razi, is considered to be the greatest physician of the Islamic World. He was the first to scientifically identify alcohol in its pure form and produce sulfuric acid. A prolific author, Al-Razi’s encyclopedic reviews of medicine, Al-Mansuri and Al-Hawi, were standard medical texts in European and Islamic universities.

    Al-Ghazālī b. 1058 Tus, Iran, d. 1111 Tus, Iran
    The 12th century philosopher, jurist and mystic Al-Ghazali, is regarded as one of the greatest theologians of Islam. His approach to reconciling reason and revelation had an important impact on medieval Christian and Jewish thinking. Known as a mujaddid, renewer of the faith, within Islam, Al-Ghazali’s influential writings made Sufism an acceptable part of orthodox Islam.
     
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    Can't you all get along? The guy was Persian and had an Arabic name because at that time Persians were sunnis. Ever heard of Omar Khayyam? Can you at least agree he was Muslim and cut the sectarian bs out? Islamic scholars came from all over the Muslim world, from Spain to Indonesia. This is why your whole lot lost your Muslim Empire.
     
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    :D

    He was of Persian ethnicity and very likely a Sufi of Sunni origin. Thus, he's a perfect figure and role model to celebrate and to cheer our common cultural, traditional and intra-islamic heritage.
     
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    What is more we are still trying to fight over ancient past,

    not looking at our miserable poor state these days.

    What is our contribution to science in the last 200 years ? since that is when science really took of ?

    As for Ghazali. Well ..
     
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    Mathematics of the work of the devil.

    I belong to Ibn Rushd's school of thought.

    What we are also not discussing is what happened to Farabi, and Ibn Sena .. and why did such a thing happen.