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Miriam Al-‘Ijliyah bint al-‘Ijli al-Asturlabi

مريم الاجليا الاسطرلاب

The making of astrolabes, a branch of applied science of great status, was practiced by one woman, Al-‘Ijliyah bint al-‘Ijli al-Asturlabi, who followed her father’s profession in Aleppo and was employed at the court of Sayf al-Dawlah (333 H/944 CE-357/967), one of the powerful Hamdanid rulers in northern Syria who guarded the frontier with the Byzantine empire in the tenth century CE.

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