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.
"Three Times Greater than Venus": Ibn Ridhwan's Observation of Supernova 1006LEARN MORE
1001 years ago, an extraordinary astronomical event occurred in the sky: the most intense supernova ever...
Figure 1: Islamic Celestial Globe in brass, dated 1630 CE. This globe served both as a map of the heavens, as viewed from outside the starry sphere, and as a precision tool for making astronomical calculations. Engraved on its surface are various coordinate lines, constellation figures, and Arabic inscriptions. The stars are made of embedded bits of silver. The globe is hollow and was cast in one seamless piece. Source: http://www.nasm.si.edu/exploretheuniverse/etu_ne.htm.
Seeking Seamless Scientific Wonders: Review of Emilie Savage-Smith's WorkLEARN MORE
Najma Kazi reviews some salient aspects of Emilie Savage-Smith's work. Emilie Savage-Smith, who is a...
Figure 1: The constellation Centaurus from al-Sufi's book. Source: http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/world/heavens.html.
Arabic Star Names: A Treasure of Knowledge Shared by the WorldLEARN MORE
Many of the prominent stars known today are of Arabic origin as they bear names given to them during the...
Figure 1: Cover page of the book.
A Treasure of World Heritage: Islamic Manuscripts in the Kandilli ObservatoryLEARN MORE
This is a review of a book bringing to light a collection of about 1300 Islamic scientific manuscripts on...
Figure 1: The tormented surface of the Moon, showing the multiple sites of the lunar formations.
Illustrious Names in the Heavens: Arabic and Islamic Names of the Moon CratersLEARN MORE
24 craters of the Moon bear names of Arabic and Islamic origin. In majority, these names are those of famous...
Figure 1: Image of March 2007 lunar eclipse showing details of the lunar surface such as the huge ray system emanating from the large impact crater Tycho on the the southern hemisphere of the Moon. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lunar_eclipse. See an animation of this eclipse at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:2007-03-03_-_Lunar_Eclipse_small-43img.gif.
Precious Records of Eclipses in Muslim Astronomy and HistoryLEARN MORE
On the occasion of the lunar eclipse that occurs on 28 August 2007, we produce a short survey of some records...