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The Petra Fallacy: Early Mosques do face the Sacred Kaaba in Mecca

by David A King Published on: 15th September 2020

Dan Gibson, a Canadian amateur archaeologist, is the latest of a number of revisionist historians of early Islam who are desperate to show that Islam did not start in Mecca, and hence that early Islamic…


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


Islamic Sacred Geography and Finding the Qibla by the Sun and Stars

by David A King Published on: 24th February 2020

A survey of the historical sources with an appendix on some recent fallacies about mosque orientations

David A King

by David A King Published on: 20th November 2019


Astronomy in Medieval Jerusalem

by David A King Published on: 1st February 2018

Various medieval Arabic manuscripts preserved in libraries around the world – Leipzig, Cairo, Princeton, and not least Jerusalem


Science and Engineering in the Islamic Heritage Symposium

by Al-Furqan Published on: 31st August 2017

“Science and Engineering in the Islamic Heritage”, a Symposium organised by Al-Furqān Islamic Heritage Foundation – Centre for the Study of Islamic Manuscripts, in co-operation with the Foundation for Science, Technology and Civilisation (UK), on…


From Petra back to Makka – From “Pibla” back to Qibla

by David A King Published on: 22nd August 2017

A critique of Dan Gibson, Early Islamic Qiblas: A Survey of mosques built between 1AH/622 C.E. and 263 AH/876 C.E. (with maps, charts and photographs), 296 pp., Vancouver BC: Independent Scholars Press, 2017


Islamic Astronomy

by David A King Published on: 24th April 2017

This article was originally published as: “Islamic Astronomy”, in Christopher Walker, ed., Astronomy before the Telescope, London: British Museum Press, 1996, pp. 143-174.


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…


Ibn Yunus and The Pendulum: A History of Errors

by David A King Published on: 29th April 2015

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 examining evidence originating from…


The renaissance of astronomy in Baghdad in the 9th and 10th centuries

by David A King Published on: 19th February 2015

[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…