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History of Arabic Astronomy Planetary Theories During the Golden Age of Islam

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ISBN-10: 0814780237

ISBN-13: 9780814780237

Edition: 1995

Authors: George Saliba

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A History of Arabic Astronomy is a comprehensive survey of Arabic planetary theories from the eleventh century to the fifteenth century based on recent manuscript discoveries. George Saliba argues that the medieval period, often called a period of decline in Islamic intellectual history, was scientifically speaking, a very productive period in which astronomical theories of the highest order were produced. Based on the most recent manuscript discoveries, this book broadly surveys developments in Arabic planetary theories from the eleventh century to the fifteenth. Taken together, the primary texts and essays assembled in this book reverse traditional beliefs about the rise and fall of…    
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Book details

Copyright year: 1995
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 7/1/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

George Saliba is Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies in the Department of Middle East and Asian Studies at Columbia University. He is the author or editor of six other books in Arabic and English.

Preface
Introduction
General Background of Arabic Astronomy
The Development of Astronomy in Medieval Islamic Society
Astrology/Astronomy, Islamic
Development of Planetary Theories
Iban Sina and Abu Ubayd al-Juzjani: The Problem of the Ptolemaic Equant
The First Non-Ptolemaic Astronomy at the Maraghah School
The Original Source of Qutb al-Din al-Shirazi's Planetary Model
A Medieval Arabic Reform of the Ptolemaic Lunar Model
The Role of the Almagest Commentaries in Medieval Arabic Astronomy: A Preliminary Survey of Tusi's Redaction of Ptolemy's Almagest
Observations and Observatories
An Observational Notebook of a Thirteenth-Century Astronomer
Solar Observations at the Maraghah Observatory before 1275: A New Set of Parameters
The Determination of the Solar Eccentricity and Apogee According to Muayyad al-Din al-Urdi
The Determination of New Planetary Parameters at the Maragha Observatory
Theory and Observation
Theory and Observation in Islamic Astronomy: The Work of Ibn al-Shatir of Damascus
Arabic Astronomy and Copernicus
The Role of Maragha in the Development of Islamic Astronomy: A Scientific Revolution before the Renaissance
The Astronomical Tradition of Maragha: A Historical Survey and Prospects for Future Research
Arabic Astronomy and Copernicus
Bibliography
Index
About the Author