Al-Biruni

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Al-Biruni (अलबरूनी) (born 4/5.9.973 - died 13.12. 1048) or Abū al-Rayhān Muhammad ibn Ahmad al-Bīrūnī, also known as Alberonius in Latin and Al Biruni or Albaruni in English, was a Persian-Khwarezmian Muslim scholar and polymath from the Khwarezm region.

Introduction

Painting of Al-Biruni, an early Arab writer, who wrote about the Jats. Painting showing him writing one of his books.

He was conversant in Khwarezmian, Persian, Arabic, Sanskrit, and also knew Greek, Hebrew and Syriac. He spent a large part of his life in Ghazni in modern-day Afghanistan, capital of the Ghaznavid dynasty which was based in what is now central-eastern Afghanistan.

In 1017 he traveled to the Indian subcontinent and became the most important interpreter of Indian science to the Islamic world.

In 998, he went to the court of the Ziyarid amir of Tabaristan, Shams al-Mo'ali Abol-hasan Ghaboos ibn Wushmgir. There he wrote his first important work, al-Athar al-Baqqiya 'an al-Qorun al-Khaliyya (literally: "The remaining traces of past centuries" and translated as "Chronology of ancient nations" or "Vestiges of the Past") on historical and scientific chronology, probably around 1000 A.D., though he later made some amendments to the book. Accepting the definite demise of the Afrighids at the hands of the Ma'munids, he made peace with the latter who then ruled Khwarezm. Their court at Gorganj (also in Khwarezm) was gaining fame for its gathering of brilliant scientists.

Accompanied Mahmud Ghazni on his invasions into India

In 1017, Mahmud of Ghazni took Rey. Most scholars, including al-Biruni, were taken to Ghazna, the capital of the Ghaznavid dynasty. Biruni was made court astrologer and accompanied Mahmud on his invasions into India, living there for a few years. Biruni became acquainted with all things related to India. He may even have learned some Sanskrit. During this time he wrote the Kitab ta'rikh al-Hind, finishing it around 1030.

On Jats

Al-Biruni [1] considers Jats to be the descendants of Krishna.

अरबी यात्री अलबरूनी ने नन्द को जाट ही लिखा है।[2]


Ram Sarup Joon[3] quotes Alberuni, the eminent historian, who writes that Chittor was governed by Jatrana (Jat) Kings and its old name was 'Jator', where 'Mansarovar' exists in the memory of King Maninder Jatrana. According to the writings of Pandit 14 Sangwan (Jat) Kings again governed Ami Chand Chittor and their capital was in Sarso Jungle.

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References

  1. Al-Biruni, India:Trans by Kayamuddin, Published by National Book Trust, India, 1997 page-176
  2. Jat History Thakur Deshraj/Chapter III,p.112
  3. Ram Sarup Joon: History of the Jats/ChapterVIII,p. 139

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