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History: Meet Muhammad Al-Kishnawi an 18th educationist from Katsina

History: Meet Muhammad Al-Kishnawi an 18th educationist from Katsina

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Meet Muhammad Al-Kishnawi an 18th educationist from Katsina

Muhammad Ibn Muhammad Al-Fulani Al-Kishnawi was an early 18th century Fulani mathematician, astronomer, mystic and astrologer from Katsina, present day Northern Nigeria.

Al-Kishnawi studied at the Gobarau Minaret in Katsina before leaving for Cairo, Egypt in 1732, where he published in Arabic a work titled, A Treatise on the Magical Use of the Letters of the Alphabet—which is a mathematical scholarly manuscript of procedures for constructing magic squares up to the order 11.

Al-Kishnawi was noted for saying “work in secret” and for saying “Do not give up, for that is ignorance and not according to the rules of this art…Like the lover, you cannot hope to achieve success without infinite perseverance.”

Al-Kishnawi died in Cairo, Egypt in 1741. He was 42.

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