Abu Abdullah

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Abu Abdullah Muhammad al-Idrisi al-Qurtubi al-Hasani as-Sabti was born in Ceuta, North Africa back in 1100.  The family spent much of their life travelling through North Africa.  The only schooling I could find was when he was 16 he studied in Cordoba.  He also visited parts of Europe including Portugal, France and Hungary.

He joined Abu al-Salt in Sicily, with his vast knowledge, he drew some maps from his memory of the many places he had visited.  He told Abu al-Salt about the Chinese junks carrying leather, swords, iron and silk.  He was one of the first Arabs to write about the Silla Dynasty of Korea.  The Tabula Rogeriana was drawn by him for the Norman King Roger II of Sicily.  In his time, they were the best rendition of the current world known to anyone.  He died in 1160.

What you may not know about Abu is that his maps were used by two people you may have heard of Christopher Columbus and Vasco Da Gama.

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Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
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Good morning James,

I remember the maps way back in school and when it was more popular!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Oct 23, 2020 04:27 AM #3
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Nina Hollander
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Another amazing piece of history not known to most of us, James. Sadly, geography is not taught anymore in most schools and a college major in geography disappeared many years ago.

Oct 23, 2020 04:50 AM #4
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Barbara Tattersall
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Wow, that is interesting! An amazing accomplishment, I think, in that time period. Thank you, James. Got a picture, Barbara?

Oct 23, 2020 05:00 AM #5
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Grant Schneider
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Hi James - there were so few thought leaders in those days but it seems like he pre dated Marco Polo.

Oct 23, 2020 05:02 AM #6
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Wayne Martin
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Good morning James. I was totally clueless until your post. Somebody had to be the first. Enjoy your day!

Oct 23, 2020 05:20 AM #7
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
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Okay, that's cool BUT let's not forget that if Christopher Columbus was using his map they could not have been very good as Christopher Columbus ended up as far away from his destination as anyone could and still be in the same universe James Dray .

Oct 23, 2020 05:44 AM #8
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Brian England
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I don't think I could pronounce his entire name properly, that sure is a mouthful.

Oct 23, 2020 05:44 AM #9
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Roy Kelley
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Thank you very much, James, for sharing this interesting story.

Take care, be safe and have a great day.

Oct 23, 2020 06:32 AM #10
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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James,

A fascinating story about this man.  There are stores in Italy that sell antique maps.  Next time we are there I will have to ask about him.  A

Oct 23, 2020 06:57 AM #11
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Interesting story about Abu Abdullah, James! I had no idea and love that you shared his story with us. 

Oct 23, 2020 07:02 AM #12
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
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Interesting how he influenced the explorers with his maps, so much knowledge from the middle and far east in those times.

Oct 23, 2020 07:33 AM #13
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Imagine if we had to go around saying happy Abu Abdullah Muhammad al-Idrisi al-Qurtubi al-Hasani as-Sabti  day

Oct 23, 2020 07:37 AM #14
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That's a great story, James. He certainly put his memory and knowledge to good use.

Oct 23, 2020 08:48 AM #15
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Hi James- as a lover of maps, I found this fascinating

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Thank you again for sharing your history knowledge with us on a daily basis. Here we are on Friday again when will these weeks ever slow down James Dray 

Oct 23, 2020 11:12 AM #17
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Wow James you really fooled me, that is the last place my mind was heading to, Endre

Oct 23, 2020 10:58 PM #18
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No wonder I got lost the other day showing homes in California. I used a photo copy of that map.

Nov 21, 2020 08:16 AM #19
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 Islamic prophet Muhammad's father was Abdullah. I used to know one guy named Adullah and his roomate's last name was Adbuhllahman.

Mo's father was named Abdullah.

Nov 21, 2020 08:18 AM #20
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Columbus was supposed to go to China ended up in Central America thinking he was in India near China. Need Marco Polo to draw the map so Columbus can get it right.

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Dear James,

Interesting. I have seen images of the map, but never knew who drew it. If he studied in Cordoba, he must have been to Spain as well. Back in Moorish times. Their architecture still shows this.

Nov 21, 2020 09:12 PM #22
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