Ahmad ibn Majid

Full name: 
Ahmad ibn Mājid
Arabic name: 
أحمد بن ماجد‎
Date of birth: 
1421

Ahmad ibn Majid was one of the most famous Arab navigators. He became famous in the West as the navigator who has been associated with helping Vasco da Gama find his way from Africa to India. He was the author of nearly 40 works of poetry and prose. His most important work was Kitab al-Fawa’id fi Usul ‘Ilm al-Bahr wa ’l-Qawa’id (Book of Useful Information on the Principles and Rules of Navigation), written in 1490.