Minister: Iran ready to help rebuild al-Biruni tomb in Afghanistan

Minister of Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts (CHTH) Ali Asghar Mounesan on Sunday expressed Iran’s readiness for reconstruction of al-Biruni tomb in Afghanistan.

Mounesan said that due to the fact that al-Biruni tomb has been destroyed and is not in satisfactory situation, he had urged his deputy Mohammad Hassan Talebian to accelerate the reconstruction process.

Iran enjoys good knowledge for reconstruction of historical monuments and has prominent experts in this field, he added.

As one of the greatest scholars of the medieval Islamic era, Abu Rayhan Muhammad ibn Ahmad Biruni was born on September 4, 973 in Kath, Khwarezm where he studied Islamic jurisprudence, theology, grammar, mathematics and medics, Iran Daily wrote on Thursday.

He was known as the most important analyst of Indian science to the Islamic world given his journeys to the Indian subcontinent which later led him to be recognized as the ‘founder of Indology’. He was an impartial writer on custom and creeds of various nations, and was given the title ‘The Master’ for his remarkable description of the 11th-century India.

The scholar also made contributions to geology, and is regarded as the ‘father of geodesy’ for his important contributions to the field. Biruni was made court astrologer of the court of Mahmud of Ghaznavi in 1017 and accompanied him on his trips to India. He wrote his first significant work, ‘Al-Athar al-Baqqiya’ (Chronology of Ancient Nations) on historical and scientific chronology around 1000 A.D.

Biruni also contributed to the introduction of the experimental scientific method to mechanics, unified statics and dynamics into the science of mechanics, and combined the fields of hydro-statics with dynamics to create hydrodynamics.

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