Abu al-Qasim Abbas ibn Firnas ibn Wirdas al-Takurini, better known as Abbas Ibn Firnas, was a renowned inventor, engineer, aviator. Today’s article and video is the third the series on Debunking The Golden Age Of Islam and I’m discussing Abbas Ibn Firnas, the second. Abbas Ibn Farnas; Abbas ibn Fernas; Ibn Firnas; Abbas Qasim Ibn Firnas. edit Armen Firman Abbás Ibn Firnás (MUNCYT, Eulogia Merle).jpg.

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Harbi al-Himyari Ja’far al-Sadiq. His first attempt which has passed into legend took place when he leapt from the minaret of the Great Mosque in Cordoba.

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George Reginald Starr British. And he did this more than a thousand years before the Wright brothers, specifically in the year The Libyans have a postage stamp honoring him. Al-Maqqari is said to have used in his history works “many early sources no longer extant”, but in the case of Firnas, he does not cite his sources for the details of the reputed flight, though he does claim that one verse bin a 9th-century Arab poem is actually an allusion to Firnas’s flight.

His achievements have been recognised by naming a crater on the moon in his firnzs. One person who joined this exciting world, so bubbling with ideas, was a young Berber astronomer and poet named ‘Abbas Ibn Firnas. This what Wikipedia has to say on the subject. As an example of his advanced knowledge of astronomyhe built a mechanically articulated planetarium at his residence in Cordoba which represented the celestial vault. One experiment that he developed was the aeolipile, which used jets of steam to create rotary motion.


I sit in awe of ihn magnitude of the driving urge to fly that was with us — long before even the legend of Daedalus and Icarus. He’d provided neither a tail, nor means for such a maneuver. And, as we tell our schoolchildren about the Wright Brothers, the Islamic countries tell theirs about Ibn Firnas, a thousand years before the Wrights. This site uses cookies. He inb also credited with many other inventions that include clear glass used for firnae vision, a water clock and a device to cut rock crystal.

The Libyans even have issued a postage stamp to honour him.

Debunking The Golden Age Of Islam #3 Abbas Ibn Firnas: The Precursor To Modern Flight Technology?

This was the high tide of Islamic Art and Science. His ingathering of talent began with an Iraqi musician called Ziryab. There he stood out as a scientist, inventor, poet, philosopher, alchemist, musician and astrologer, to such an extent that he became known as Hakim Al-Andalus the Wiseman of Al-Andalus. The Engines of Our Ingenuity. Throughout the history of mankind there have been memorable people whose contribution to science can be considered exceptional.

Even using the most pessimistic figures for his flight, it was much longer in both time and distance to that achieved in by the Wright brothers.

The name of Abbas Ibn Firnas currently figures in the names of airports, bridges, hills, parks, avenues and scientific bodies, especially in countries with an Arab background, but what will no doubt ensure his immortality is that furnas of the craters of the moon has also been named after him. By using this site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. She firna convinced that the Wright Brothers were not the first to fly, and instead it was Firnas launched from the mosque at Cordoba a millennium ago.


Such is the case of the scientist, historian, poet, inventor and, of course, aviation pioneer, Abbas Ibn Firnas. Among other very curious experiments which he made, one is his trying to fly. He ordered that the surviving Thopas and Yuan to be fitted out with bamboo-mat wings and cast from the top of the Tower of the Golden phoenix.

Often depicted in art, Icarus and Daedalus attempt to escape from Crete by means of wings that Daedalus had made from feathers and wax. Despite a difficult landing, he not only survived but also became the first man to fly with a heavier-than-air machine. For a Spanish language version of this episode, Click Here. Views Read Edit View history.

He set up astronomical tables, he wrote poetry, he built a planetar-ium and designed a water clock. He lived to a ripe old age and died in the year