Ahmad ibn Mājid

Cartographer, Author

1421 –


Who is Ahmad ibn Mājid?

Ahmad ibn Mājid, was an Arab navigator and cartographer born in 1421 in Julphar, which is now known as Ras Al Khaimah. This city makes up one of the seven emirates of the United Arab Emirates, but at that time it was classified as the coast of Oman. He was raised with a family famous for seafaring; at the age of 17 he was able to navigate ships. He was so famous that he was known as the first Arab seaman. The exact date is not known, but ibn Majid probably died in 1500. He became famous in the West as the navigator who helped Vasco da Gama find his way from Africa to India, however, the leading scholar on the subject, G.R. Tibbetts, disputes this claim. Ibn Majid was the author of nearly forty works of poetry and prose.

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Ras al-Khaimah
Also known as
  • Ahmad ibn Majid
  • Shihab Al Dein
  • The Shooting Star
  • The Lion of the Sea

on July 23, 2013


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