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Two Newly-Discovered Astrolabes from `Abbasid Baghdad (2012)


This is the first description of two complete astrolabes from `Abb sid Baghdad. One is by the enigmatic but prolific NasÐýlus and datable ca. 900-930, and the other is the first known instrument of Amad al-Muhandis, datable ca. 875. Both instruments and two additional incomplete ones also described here, are fully in the tradition of Abbasid astrolabes, of which close to two dozen, not all complete, are now known and published.

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Authors & Contributors
King, David A.
Calvo, Emilia
Lorch, Richard P.
Charette, François
Dekker, Elly
Leurquin, Régine
Suhayl: Journal for the History of the Exact and Natural Sciences in Islamic Civilisation
Archives Internationales d'Histoire des Sciences
Annals of Science: The History of Science and Technology
Indian Journal of History of Science
Zeitschrift für Geschichte der Arabisch-Islamischen Wissenschaften
Sciamvs: Sources and Commentaries in Exact Sciences
Academia Bruylant
Franz Steiner Verlag
Amis des Instruments des Sciences et des Astrolabes
Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum
Scientific apparatus and instruments
Arab/Islamic world, civilization and culture
Time measuring instruments
Ibn Bāṣo, Ḥasan ibn Muḥammad
al-Saghani, abu Hamid Ahmad ibn Muhammad ibn al-Husayn
Abu Nasr Mansur ibn 'Ali ibn 'Iraq
Misrī, Muhammad ibn Muhammad
al-Khwārizmī, Muḥammad ibn Mūsā
al-Farghani, Abu al-Abbas
Time Periods
14th century
11th century
9th century
10th century
Persia (Iran)
Adler Planetarium, Chicago

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