Islamic Philosophy, Theology and Science. Texts and Studies, World-Maps for Finding the Direction and Distance to Mecca: Innovation and Tradition in I

Islamic Philosophy, Theology and Science. Texts and Studies, World-Maps for Finding the Direction and Distance to Mecca: Innovation and Tradition in I

by David A. King, D. a. King
     
 

ISBN-10: 9004113673

ISBN-13: 9789004113671

Pub. Date: 06/25/1999

Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.

The author describes how Muslims over the centuries have determined the sacred direction (qibla) towards Mecca and presents two highly sophisticated Mecca-centred world-maps for finding the qibla. These recently-discovered world-maps have forced a reevaluation of Muslim achievements in mathematics and cartography.  See more details below

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The author describes how Muslims over the centuries have determined the sacred direction (qibla) towards Mecca and presents two highly sophisticated Mecca-centred world-maps for finding the qibla. These recently-discovered world-maps have forced a reevaluation of Muslim achievements in mathematics and cartography.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789004113671
Publisher:
Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
06/25/1999
Series:
Islamic Philosophy, Theology and Science. Texts and Studies, #36
Pages:
638
Product dimensions:
8.88(w) x 11.70(h) x 1.55(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Foreword
Preface 1The sacred direction in Islam in modern scholarship
Preface 2The rediscovery of the Mecca-centred world-maps
On transliteration and the rendering of names of places and persons
Pt. IFirst orientations
Ch. 1Aspects of Islamic science3
Ch. 2The determination of the sacred direction in Islam47
Ch. 3The main sources of Safavid mathematical geography128
Pt. IINew discoveries - Two Mecca-centred world-maps from Safavid Iran
Ch. 4The instruments on which the maps are engraved197
Ch. 5The geographical data on the maps213
Ch. 6The cartographic grids235
Ch. 7The makers of the Safavid instruments255
Ch. 8Traces of European influence on the instruments275
Ch. 9Further reflections on Mecca-centred world-maps329
Ch. 10Epilogue365
Indexes429
App. APartial reconstruction of the Timurid table presented by 'Abd al-Rahim ibn Muhammad456
App. BThe geographical information on various Safavid astrolabes and other instruments478
App. CLocalities and coordinates featured on the Safavid world-maps A and B552
App. DThe geographical table of al-Khazini (KHZN)564
App. EMiscellaneous Iranian sources586
App. FMiscellaneous Egyptian, Syrian and Ottoman Turkish sources600
App. GIndexes of place-names623

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