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Biography: Leo Africanus - Hassan Ibn Muhammad Al Wazzan Al Fasi الحسن الوزان - ليو الأفريقي


Al Hassan Ibn Muhammad Al Wazzan Al Fasi الحسن بن محمد الوزان الفاسي, also known as Leo Africanus ليو الأفريقي, is one enigmatic figure in 16th century Europe.

Dr. George Saliba on the Influence of Islamic Science in post-Renaissance Europe


On Thursday March 4, 2004, Dr. George Saliba Professor of Arabic and Islamic Science at Columbia University in New York City gave a lecture at the University of Waterloo titled "Reception of Islamic Sciences in Europe".The main points of the lecture were:

    Biography: Joseph Barbatus أبو دقن


    Joseph Barbatus was an Egyptian Copt who lived in early 17th century Paris, France, and taught Arabic there.He is also known as Josephus Barbatus, Abudacnus, which is a latinized version of the Arabic أبو دقن "Abu Dakn" (one with a beard).The fact that he is from Egypt, and a native speaker of Arabic, no doubt made him distinguished in teaching this language. Not only did he teach Arabic, but wrote on Hebrew as well. As a Copt, he also wrote a history of the Coptic church, a work that Edward Gibbons in his Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire is familiar with.His works include:

      Weather: More variability


      Well, this week, we saw the first day with above freezing temperature in more than month. Last Tuesday, there was a bit of a thaw, and slush formed. Overnight, it froze again, making for a lot of slippery ice.We also had some freezing rain, which forms when a relatively shallow layer of cold air is above the ground, and rain falling through it is still in the liquid state, but as soon as it hits a surface, it freezes, causing a layer of ice on everything. This can be very tricky driving on.Ice pellets have also occurred twice in the last week or so.

      Photography chronicles


      This page is sort of a chronicle on my adventures in photography over the decades.Currently, I do not do much in photography, apart from the usual family stuff, and some interesting things I find, such as flowers, nature scenes, and the like.The first camera I owned was a 35mm Minolta Uniomat II from around 1960, which I inherited from my late father. It was a range finder type, with a match needle exposure meter built in, and of course nothing automatic.


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