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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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Ibn Yunus and The Pendulum: A History of Errors
In this article, Professor David A. King explores the authenticity of the statement that tenth-century Egyptian astronomer Ibn Yūnus was the first person to use a pendulum to measure time. After...
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The renaissance of astronomy in Baghdad in the 9th and 10th centuries
[Note of the editor] This article was published in 2003 as: David A. King, "The renaissance of astronomy in Baghdad in the ninth and tenth centuries: A list of publications, mainly from the last 50...
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Ali Al-Qushji and His Contributions to Mathematics and Astronomy
Ali Al-Qushji was one of the most noteworthy and important scientists in the Islamic world. He wrote valuable works especially on astronomy and mathematics. He was a student and co-worker of the...
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Harran
Harran is a very old town situated in the Jazira province of modern Turkey near the sources of the Balkh...
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Astrology for the Ottomans
Among the Ottomans there was constant controversy over whether astrology violated the principles of reason...
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Turkish Contributions to Scientific Work in Islam
Turks have played an active part in the pursuit of science and learning in the Islamic World throughout its...
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Modelling the Stars
The measurement of the positions of the stars was developed and refined by scientists of the Muslim world and...
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Ziryab, the Musician, Astronomer, Fashion Designer and Gastronome
Abul-Hasan Alí Ibn Nafí, nicknamed Ziryab, was Chief Entertainer of the Court of Cordoba in 822AD. He...
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The Samarqand Observatory
The observatory of Samarqand dates from 1424AD and was a `monumental' building equipped with a huge meridian...
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