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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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Top Seven Ingenious Clocks from Muslim Civilisation that Defied the Middle Ages
TIME TELLING MACHINES: Revealing 7 marvellous mechanical and water-powered clocks from early Muslim Civilisation. These sophisticated devices that defied the Middle Ages.
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The International Year of Light Sheds Light on the Dark Ages
The UNESCO International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies is a multi-faceted celebration of light in its scientific, technological and cultural context. Central to this has been the...
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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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Medicine and Health in Medieval Arabic Poetry: An Historical Review
This review of medieval Arabic medical poetry is based on our study of the two major classical biographical encyclopedias: “Uyoon Al Anbaa Fi Tabaqaat Al Atibbaa” ("Essential Information on the...
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Figure 2: Illustration depicting Ibn al-Haytham by Hanane Kai. (Source).
Nader El-Bizri: Ibn al-Haytham - An Introduction
This presentation focused on the historical and epistemic bearings of the scientific legacy of the celebrated...
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Figure 1: Imaginary portrait of Ibn al-Haytham. (Source).
Ibn al-Haytham and Psychophysics
The famous scientist Ibn al-Haytham (‘Alhazen') has rightly been credited with many advances in optics and...
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Figure 1: Front cover of Cybernetics – Past, Present, Future (in Turkish) by Toygar Akman
Book Review of Dr. Toygar Akman's “Cybernetics”
"Cybernetics: Past, Present, Future" published by Toygar Akman, a renowned expert in the field, retraces for...
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Figure 1a-b: Two historic maps of Cairo, Egypt: a. Map of 1492 by Schedel; b. map by an unknown artist, 16th century. (Source).
Cairo: A Millennial
In this article, published originally in Saudi Aramco World in 1969, focus is laid on the history of Cairo,...
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Figure 1: Anatomy of the human eye from the treatise on ophthalmology by Hunayn Ibn Ishaq (10th century). (Source).
Pioneer Physicians
During the classical Muslim civilisation, big scientific advances in medicine were made. Muslim doctors began...
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