Tag: Astrolabe

Portable Cosmologies

by Alexandria Hejazi Tsagaris Published on: 8th July 2020

15-16th Century Italian-Islamic Exchanges of the Astrolabe and Effects on Visual Culture


Women’s Contribution to Classical Islamic Civilisation: Science, Medicine and Politics

by Salim Al-Hassani Published on: 11th February 2020

While there are numerous works on the role of Muslim women in jurisprudence (fiqh) and literature, there are also studies on Muslim women in education and in medicine - although on a much smaller scale…

The Birth of Modern Astronomy

by Salim Al-Hassani - 1001 Book Chief Editor Published on: 18th January 2020

Some people, unaware of what was accomplished during Muslim civilisation, believe that astronomy died with the Greeks, and was brought to life again by Nicolas Copernicus, the 15th-century Polish astronomer who is famous for introducing…


Oxford Museum of the History of Science Online Al-Mizan Exhibition

by Sairah Yassir-Deane Published on: 16th November 2017

The Oxford Museum of the History of Science launched an online Al-Mizan Exhibition, this exhibition explores the connections between the sciences and arts in societies from Muslim Civilisation.


Star-finders Astrolabes

by Cem Nizamoglu Published on: 7th September 2017

Over a thousand-year period in Muslim Civilisation, epoch-making discoveries and contributions, such as the first record of a star system outside our own galaxy were made. Also astronomical instruments including celestial globes, armillary spheres, sextants…


Al-Khalili and the Culmination of Spherical Astronomy in 14th-Century Damascus

by David A King Published on: 9th June 2016

Syria in the 14th century was the scene of the most sophisticated developments in astronomy anywhere in the world. Shams al-Din al-Khalili was a muwaqqit, or mosque astronomer, in Damascus in the middle of that…


Conference on “Astrolabes in Medieval Cultures” at the Warburg Institute in London (24-25 April 2014)

by The Editorial Team Published on: 1st April 2014

In the frame of the research project ‘Astrolabes in medieval Jewish society’, the Warburg Institute organizes a conference in London on 24-25 April 2014. The topics covered by this conference will be the astrolabe itself,…


Using an Astrolabe

by Emily Winterburn Published on: 10th August 2005

The history of the astrolabe begins more than two thousand years ago, but it is in the Islamic classical world that the astrolabe was highly developed and its uses widely multiplied. Introduced to Europe from…

Star-finders Astrolabes

Modelling the Stars

by Jonathan Chang Published on: 30th June 2004

The measurement of the positions of the stars was developed and refined by scientists of the Muslim world and many kinds of Models were developed. These are described within this article.


The impact of Al-Battani on European Astronomy

by FSTC Published on: 27th December 2001

Al-Battani used the widest variety of instruments: astrolabes, tubes, a gnomon divided into twelve parts, a celestial globe with five armillaries, parallax rules, a mural quadrant, sundials, vertical as well as horizontal.