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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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The Muslim Pioneers of Astronomy
Most eminent Muslim astronomers include Al-Battani, al-Sufi, al-Biruni, and Ibn Yunus. They recorded the...
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The impact of Al-Battani on European Astronomy
Al-Battani used the widest variety of instruments: astrolabes, tubes, a gnomon divided into twelve parts, a...
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The Legacy of Ulugh Beg
Kevin Krisciunas writes on The Legacy of Ulugh Beg. Although he recognising the crucial role of Islamic...
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Astronomical Observatories in the Classical Islamic Culture
The modern astronomical observatory as a research institute (as opposed to a private observation post as was...
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Transmission of Muslim Astronomy to Europe
It was in Muslim Toledo, Spain, where flocked in the 12th century, in particular, scholars from all Christian...
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An overview of Muslim Astronomers
Al-Battani discovered the notions of trigonometrical ratios used today. Al-Biruni claimed the earth rotated...
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