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GPS and its Islamic origins


Rapt attention: Students from SMK Bukit Bandaraya looking at an interactive exhibit at the 1001 Inventions: The Glorious Islamic Civilisation exhibition at the National Science Centre. — Bernama

Rapt attention: Students from SMK Bukit Bandaraya looking at an interactive exhibit at the 1001 Inventions: The Glorious Islamic Civilisation exhibition at the National Science Centre. — Bernama

PETALING JAYA: Many of us are unaware that the Global Positioning System (GPS) we have all become accustomed to was created based on the discovery of a Muslim woman scholar.

The astrolabe, created by Mariam Al-Astrulabi during the 10th century in Aleppo, Syria, became invaluable for navigational purposes, time precision, geographical research and astronomy today.

   

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