TITLE – INDIA
AUTHOR – AL-BIRUNI
EDITED BY- QEYAMUDDIN AHMAD
PUBLISHER – NATIONAL BOOK TRUST
ACCESSION NO: 13248
This book tells us about the India in past. Our India at first was called as golden bird. Al-Baruni tells us about that golden bird. In this book, all the knowledge about India (past) we find. This book is really so much useful for us. So I can say that I got so much knowledge from this book. We get knowledge about historical things, places and about historical fights and GK in this book. So I am very happy after reading this book. Al-Biruni, a celebrated Persian mathematician and astronomer, came to India in the 11th century. He wrote the Kitabu’l Hind, a description in Arabic of the India he saw, which was translated into English by the German scholar Edward Sachau and subsequently into other languages as well. This book edits the 700+ pages in Sachau’s original translation to about 250 pages of interest to the general reader. Al-Biruni adopts a mostly critical, Muslim view of India. This is not surprising since he wrote this book at a time of “increasing ideological and emotional hostility between Hindus and Muslims”, according to the editor. Nonetheless, the book is an important source of information as an outsider’s chronicle of 11th century India.
Al-Biruni is regarded as one of the greatest scholars of the medieval Islamic era and was well versed in physics, mathematics, astronomy, and natural sciences, and also distinguished himself as a historian, chronologist and linguist. He defined India in very good nomenclature. And I’m thinking that no one can define India in this manner.
NAME – PRATYUSH CHATURVEDI
CLASS- X B