It was in 1017 AD, at the behest of Sultan Muhmud of Persia, Alberuni, aka A1-Biruni, travelled to India to learn about the Hindus, and to discuss with them questions of religion, science, and literature, and the very basis of their civilisation. He remained in India for thirteen years, studying and exploring. Alberuni's scholarly work has not been given the due recognition it deserves. Not for nearly eight hundred years would any other writer match Alberuni's profound understanding of almost all aspects of Indian life.
About the Author:
DR. EDWARD C. SACHAU was a professor in the Royal University of Berlin, the Principal of the Seminary for Oriental Languages, Member of the Royal Academy of Berlin, Corresponding Member of the Imperial Academy of Vienna, Honorary Member of the Asiatic Society of Great Britain and of the American Oriental Society, Cambridge, USA.