Figure 1: Taqī al-Dīn's observational clock is shown in the right hand side middle of this famous picture of Istanbul observatiry. Source: Istanbul University Library, MS F1404, folio 57a.
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Figure 1: Brass celestial globe, made in Mosul by Muhammad ibn Hilâl in 674 H / 1275-76 CE; preserved at the British Museum. (Source).
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Figure 1: Eclipse diagram for Greenwich Mean Time, February 21, 2008 (Source).
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Figure 1: An armillary sphere in Ma'rifatname of Ibrahim Hakki Erzurumi. Adapted from the original manuscript held in the Suleymaniye Library in Istanbul, Haci Mahmud collection, MS 5616, fol. 1b.
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Figure 1: View of Al-Azhar mosque courtyard in Cairo. The mosque, founded by the Fatimid caliph Al-Hakim in 990, was under construction when the 1006 supernova appeared in the sky. Source: http://www.sacred-destinations.com/egypt/cairo-al-azhar-university.htm.
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