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An Islamic Response to Greek Astronomy: Kitab Ta'dil Hay'at al-Aflakof sadr al-Shari'a. Edited with Translation and Commentary

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Overview

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-Sharī‘a al-Bukhārī. sadr al-Sharī‘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-Sharī‘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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'The study of A. Dallal, which is the revised version of his doctoral dissertation completed at Columbia University, is a solid piece to be added to the literature on the subject...'
Roser Puig, Centaurus, 1997.
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Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
The Present Study 3
The Manuscript 3
The Author and His Work 7
Contributions of Sadr al-Shari'a to Astronomy 11
Editorial Note 13
Text and Translation 17
Ch. 2 Adjustments Regarding the Discussions of the Celestial Spheres: On the Sphericity and the Order of the Universe 34
Ch. 3 On Circles 48
Ch. 4 On the Orb of the Sun 60
Ch. 5 On the Orbs of the Moon 74
Ch. 6 On the Orbs (Pertaining) to the Longitudinal Motions of the Upper Planets 106
Ch. 7 On the Orbs (Pertaining) to the Longitudinal Motions of the Lower Planets 118
Ch. 8 (Untitled) 134
Ch. 9 On Sectors, Direct Motion, and Retrograde Motion 168
Ch. 10 On Parallax 198
Ch. 11 On the Conditions of the Two Luminaries (the Sun and the Moon) 204
Ch. 12 On Visibility and Invisibility 218
Ch. 13 Adjustments (Regarding) the Discussions on the Earth and Related (Topics) 222
Ch. 14 On the Characteristics of the Northern Quarter (of the Sphere) 230
Ch. 15 On Ascensions and Transits 256
Ch. 16 On Time 278
Ch. 17 On Dawn and Twilight 290
Ch. 18 On the Extraction of the Line of Midday, and of the Azimuth of the Qibla 296
Commentary 311
Bibliography 453
Index 457
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