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The Suhayl 2014 Vol 13
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EuroNews.com: Brussels exhibition highlights Ottoman influence
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The renaissance of astronomy in Baghdad in the 9th and 10th centuries
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International Women's Day 2015
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World Book Day 2015 (UK & Ireland)
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Eye Specialists in Islamic Cultures
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Figure 2: Sextant (mushabbaha bi-'l-manātiq) of Taqī al-Dīn. From Al-Ālāt al-rasadiya li-zīj al-shāhinshāhiyya, Library of the Topkapi Palace Museum, Hazine 452, fol. 14b.
Figure 3: Dhāt al-awtār. From Al-Ālāt al-rasadiya li-zīj al-shāhinshāhiyya, Library of the Topkapi Palace Museum, Hazine 452, fol. 13b.
Figure 4: Observational clock. Source: Ālāt al-rasadiya li-zīj al-shāhinshāhiyya (T), Library of the Topkapi Palace Museum, Hazine 452, fol. 16a.
Figure 5: Mechanical clock of Taqī al-Dīn. Image taken from Sifat ālāt rasadiya bi-naw'in ākhar. Source: Kandilli Rasathanesi El Yazmalari 1: Türkçe Yazmalar, proje sorumlusu: Günay Kut, Istanbul: Bogaziçi Üniversitesi Yayinevi, 2007, p. 122.
Figure 6: Azimuthal semicircle (dhāt al-samt wa'l-irtifā') of Taqī al-Dīn. Source: Al-Ālāt al-rasadiya li-zīj al-shāhinshāhiyya, Library of the Topkapi Palace Museum, Hazine 452, fol. 452, folio 10a.
Figure 7: Parallactic instrument of Taqī al-Dīn. Source: Al-Ālāt al-rasadiya li-zīj al-shāhinshāhiyya, Library of the Topkapi Palace Museum, Hazine 452, fol. 452, folio 11b.
Figure 8: The quadrant made of rulers of Taqī al-Dīn. Source: Al-Ālāt al-rasadiya li-zīj al-shāhinshāhiyya, Library of the Topkapi Palace Museum, Hazine 452, fol. 452, folio 12b.
Figure 9a-b: Astronomical instruments of Taqī al-Dīn. Images taken from Tafsīr ba'dh al-ālāt al-rasadiyya: Source: Kandilli Rasathanesi El Yazmalari 1: Türkçe Yazmalar, edited by Günay Kut, Istanbul: Bogaziçi Üniversitesi Yayinevi, 2007, 39.
Figure 10: Taqī al-Dīn and his observatory. Source: Al-Ālāt al-rasadiya li-zīj al-shāhinshāhiyya, Library of the Topkapi Palace Museum, Hazine 452, fol. 452, folio 17a.
Figure 11: The dioptra of Taqī al-Dīn. Source: Al-Ālāt al-rasadiya li-zīj al-shāhinshāhiyya, Library of the Topkapi Palace Museum, Hazine 452, fol. 452, folio 13a.
Figure 12: Mural quadrant (libna) of Taqī al-Dīn. Source: Al-Ālāt al-rasadiya li-zīj al-shāhinshāhiyya, Library of the Topkapi Palace Museum, Hazine 452, fol. 452, folio 9a.
Figure 13: The colophon of Tarjumān al-atibbā' wa-lisān al-alibbā', The National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland (MS A75, folio 2a) (Source).
Figure 2: Shlomo Pines (1908–1990). (Source).
Figure 1b: Armillary sphere of Tycho Brahe. (Source).
Figure 2a: Mural quadrant (libna) of Taqî al-Dîn. Source: Istanbul Topkapi Library, Hazine 452, f. 9a.
Figure 2b: Mural quadrant of Tycho Brahe. (Source).
Figure 3a: Azimuthal semicircle (dhât al-samt wa-'l-irtifâ') of Taqî al-Dîn. Source: Istanbul Topkapi Library, Hazine 452, f. 10a.
Figure 3b: Azimuthal semicircle of Tycho Brahe. (Source).
Figure 4a: Parallactic instrument of Taqî al-Dîn. Source: Istanbul Topkapi Library, Hazine 452, f. 11ba.
Figure 4b: Parallactic instrument of Tycho Brahe. (Source).
Figure 5a: Wooden quadrant of Taqî al-Dîn.
Figure 5b: Wooden quadrant of Tycho Brahe. (Source).
Figure 6: Diopra (dhât al-thuqbatayn).
Figure 7: Instrument with cords (dhât al-awtâr).
Figure 8a: Sextant (mushabbaha bi'l-manâtiq) of Taqî al-Dîn. Source: Istanbul Topkapi Library, Hazine 452, f. 14b.
Figure 8b: Sextant of Tycho Brahe. (Source).
Figure 9: Observational clock.
Figure 10a: Transversal divisions of Al-‘Âmilî.
Figure 10b: Transversal divisions of Tycho Brahe.
Figure 11: Azimuthal quadrant of Nâsir al-Din Tûsî.
Figure 12: Azimuthal Instrument of Ibn Sînâ.

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