Astronomy in the Service of Islam

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Delineates the two very different traditions of astronomy in medieval Islam: legal scholars watched the crescent moon to keep the calendar, and used shadows to keep the hours and direction of prayer, while astronomers constructed elaborate theories and mathematical tables to approach ever more precision in times and directions. The 14 articles are reproduced from their original publication in various journals, 1982-91. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780860783572
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/1/1993
  • Series: Collected Studies Series
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 8.82 (w) x 5.91 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
General Survey
I Science in the service of religion: the case of Islam
Lunar Crescent Visibility and the Regulation of the Islamic Calendar
II Some early Islamic tables for determining lunar crescent visibility
III Ibn Yunus on lunar crescent visibility
IV Lunar crescent visibility predictions in medieval Islamic ephemerides
Astronomical Timekeeping and the Regulation of the Times of Islamic Prayer
V Mikat: astronomical timekeeping
VI Universal solutions in Islamic astronomy
VII Universal solutions to problems of spherical astronomy from Mamluk Egypt and Syria
VIII Mizwala
The Sacred Direction in Islam
IX Kibla: sacred direction
X Makka: as the centre of the world
XI Matla: astronomical rising-points
XII On the orientation of the Kaba
XIII Astronomical alignments in medieval Islamic religious architecture
XIV The earliest Islamic mathematical methods and tables for finding the direction of Mecca
Addenda
Indexes
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