In the historical sense of the word


What is meant by the emboldened part below

Alberni was a prolific writer. His first major work was a historical one, an extensive chronological study putting Muslim History into a wider perspective. Kitab al Hind is the earliest work of its kind which can be termed as truly scientific in the historical sense of the word.

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  • PaulQ

    English - England
    in the historical sense of the word. = in the sense that the phrase "truly scientific" would have been used and understood at an earlier time (in this case, at the time of Al Biruni.)

    Al Biruni was born 4/5 September 973 and died 13 December 10481 - his work was described as "truly scientific" at that time. Today, what he did would not be described as "truly scientific" in the modern/current sense of the phrase.

    1Al-Biruni - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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