Some take into account it a legend, others consider it to be fact, and now the debate can end after scientists have reportedly proved that it is indeed true that Moroccan Sultan Moulay Ismail was the biological father of over 1000 children.
As per a Live Science report, scientists and anthropologists at the University of Vienna have generated computer simulations to estimate the amount of time it will take to father 1,171 children in a span of 32 years.
It was French diplomat Dominique Busnot who focused on establishing the theory of parentage . Previously, the Guinness Book of World Records said that the Moroccan sultan had 880 children. Sultan Moulay Ismail, regardless, owns the plurality of progeny across history that can be validated.
The study showed that, as he was nicknamed, “The Bloodthirsty” ruler could be the biological father of the 1,171 kids if he had sex between 0.83 and 1.43 times a day, which is an average of 32 years until he turned 56 years old once every single day.
How are you going to get enough mothers for so many kids? Uh, quick! It was understood that the Sultan had 4 wives and 500 concubines, but the study showed that only 65 to 110 women needed to give birth to over 1,000 babies.
The once believed “myth” has been debunked by questions of female infertility and the quality of the sperm to be able to fertilize eggs. Yet various reproductive studies have allegedly confirmed his fatherhood and put all doubts to sleep.
Sultan Moulay Ismail ruled Morocco from 1672 to 1727 and was a Sharifian, a descendant of the Prophet Muhammad, Live Science reported.