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Embedding Scientific Ideas as a Mode of Science Transmission
I used the discipline of astronomy as a template to record the transmitted ideas and hoped that other people, who work on other disciplines, would do the same, all in an effort to paint a fuller...
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From Baghdad to Barcelona: The Anxiety of Influence in the Transmission of the Greek and Arabic Sciences
Drawing on Harold Bloom’s model of poetic influence and supersession in his famous book, “The Anxiety of Influence,” and considering several historical cases of cross-cultural reception of the...
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Astronomy in Medieval Jerusalem
Various medieval Arabic manuscripts preserved in libraries around the world – Leipzig, Cairo, Princeton, and not least Jerusalem – attest to activity in astronomy in Mamlūk Jerusalem, mainly in the...
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Islamic Astronomy from “Star Wars” to Star Tables
The most obvious difference between modern and Islamic astronomy is that the latter is primarily mathematical and predictive, and the former has other observational goals, such as describing the...
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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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The Armillary Sphere: A Concentrate of Knowledge in Islamic Astronomy
The armillary sphere is an ancient astronomical instrument reproducing a model of the celestial sphere. In...
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Arabic Star Names: A Treasure of Knowledge Shared by the World
Many of the prominent stars known today are of Arabic origin as they bear names given to them during the...
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A Treasure of World Heritage: Islamic Manuscripts in the Kandilli Observatory
This is a review of a book bringing to light a collection of about 1300 Islamic scientific manuscripts on...
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Illustrious Names in the Heavens: Arabic and Islamic Names of the Moon Craters
24 craters of the Moon bear names of Arabic and Islamic origin. In majority, these names are those of famous...
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