An Islamic Response to Greek Astronomy: "Kitāb Ta`dīl Hay'at Al-aflāk" of Ṣadr Al-Sharī`a

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BRILL, 1995 - Social Science - 461 pages
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"An Islamic Response to Greek Astronomy" is an edition, translation of and commentary on the astronomical work of the fourteenth-century Central Asian religious scholar sadr al-Shar?'a al-Bukh?r?. sadr al-Shar?'a develops the works of the thirteenth-century Maragha researchers, which set the tone for the astronomical research until the eventual demise of Ptolemaic astronomy. This work elucidates the development and achievement of the long tradition of reforming Ptolemaic astronomy. It corroborates other evidence that scientific creativity persisted well beyond the eleventh century, a period often viewed as an age of cultural decline and stagnation. sadr al-Shar?'a's knowledge of and competence in a diverse variety of disciplines is a compelling example of the state of education and level of scholarship in a fourteenth-century Muslim urban setting.
 

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Contents

18
35
On Circles
49
On the Orb of the Sun
61
On the Orbs of the Moon
75
On the Orbs Pertaining to the Longitudinal
107
On the Orbs Pertaining to the Longitudinal
118
Chapter8 Untitled
134
On Sectors Direct Motion and Retrograde Motion
169
On the Extraction of the Line of Midday
307
Chapter 1
313
Chapter 2
320
Chapters
328
Chapter 4
342
Chapters
348
Chapter 6
380
Chapter?
389

On Parallax
198
On the Conditions of the Two Luminaries
205
On Visibility and Invisibility
218
On the Characteristics of the Northern Quarter
231
On Ascensions and Transits
257
On Time
279
On Dawn and Twilight
291
Chapters
399
Chapter 10
411
Chapter 12
419
Chapter 15
437
Chapter 16
444
Bibliography
453
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Ahmad S. Dallal, Ph.D. (1990) in Islamic Studies, Columbia University, is Assistant Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies at Yale University. He has written on Islamic science and Islamic revivalist thought.

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