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From Baghdad to Barcelona: The Anxiety of Influence in the Transmission of the Greek and Arabic Sciences
Drawing on Harold Bloom’s model of poetic influence and supersession in his famous book, “The Anxiety of Influence,” and considering several historical cases of cross-cultural reception of the...
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Astronomy in Medieval Jerusalem
There can be no comparison with the established sophisticated astronomical traditions in Mamlûk Cairo and Damascus and Aleppo, with substantial numbers of capable astronomers, but since the Jerusalem...
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Islamic Astronomy from “Star Wars” to Star Tables
The most obvious difference between modern and Islamic astronomy is that the latter is primarily mathematical and predictive, and the former has other observational goals, such as describing the...
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Star-finders Astrolabes
Oliver Hoare once said "The ability of Islamic civilization to perfect what it inherited, and to endow what it made with beauty, is nowhere better expressed than in the astrolabe". Over a...
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Islamic Astronomy
This article was originally published as: “Islamic Astronomy”, in Christopher Walker, ed., Astronomy before the Telescope, London: British Museum Press, 1996, pp. 143-174.
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Lund Astronomical Clock
The genesis of this article lies in a recent visit to the Romanesque cathedral of Lund. While in the cathedral, I walked over to the medieval astronomical clock to await the moving figures and music...
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Glances on Calendars and Almanacs in the Islamic Civilization
From the beginning of the Islamic history, the scholars developed the Islamic hijri calendar as a lunar...
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Sine, Cosine and the Measurement of the Earth
Mathematics has long been an area of expertise amongst Muslim mathematicians. This article considers the...
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Al-Urdi's Article on 'The Quality of Observation'
Astronomy has for a long time been of keen interest of Muslims throughout centuries. This article by...
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Alfraganus and the Elements of Astronomy
Al-Farghânî, known in the West as Alfraganus , was one of the most famous astronomers of the 9th century. His...
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Scientific Contacts and Influences Between the Islamic World and Europe: The Case of Astronomy
For more than a thousand years the Muslim East and the Christian West, notwithstanding the differences in...
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The Scholars of Seville - Mathematics and Astronomy
In Seville, scholars led the science of astronomy, criticising earlier works on the basis of new observations...
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