Person: AlBanna
Ibn alBanna was an Islamic mathematician who wrote a large number of works including an introduction to Euclid's Elements, an algebra text and various works on astronomy.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
 There is a claim that alBanna was born in Granada in Spain and moved to North Africa for his education.
 The strong link between Granada and Morocco may account for the confusion as to which country alBanna was a native.
 Morocco was certainly the country that alBanna was educated in, learning the leading mathematical skills of the period.
 At the university in Fez AlBanna taught all branches of mathematics, which at this time included arithmetic, algebra, geometry and astronomy.
 Many students studied under alBanna in this thriving academic community.
 One difficulty with the works on mathematics is knowing how much of the material which alBanna presents is original and how much is simply his version of work by earlier Arab mathematicians which has been lost.
 We should certainly say that alBanna does not claim any originality and, indeed, the style of his writing would suggest that he is collecting together ideas that he has learnt from other mathematicians.
 Perhaps alBanna's most famous work is Talkhis amal alhisab (Summary of arithmetical operations) and the Raf alHijab which is alBanna's own commentary on the Talkhis amal alhisab.
 We refer the reader to the biography of alQalasadi where we present arguments to show that neither alBanna nor alQalasadi were the inventors of mathematical notation.
Born 29 December 1256, Marrakesh, Morocco. Died 13 July 1321, Marrakesh, Morocco.
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African, Ancient Arab, Astronomy, Origin Morocco, Special Numbers And Numerals
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