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Origins of the Tājika System of Astrological Aspects and Dignities (2018)


The astrological doctrines of aspects and planetary dignities found in the authoritative texts of the Tājika (Sanskritized Perso-Arabic) school are examined with respect to their origins and historical development, with particular emphasis on Balabhadra’s encyclopaedic Hāyanaratna (1649) and its quotations from the perhaps earliest work of the school, Samarasiṃha’s Tājikaśāstra (thirteenth century). It is argued that a major source of these doctrines is Sahl ibn Bishr’s Arabic-language intro­duction to astrology (ninth century), possibly in abbreviated or paraphrased form. Several of the constituent ideas have been imperfectly understood by their Indian epitomists, resulting in reinterpretations and innovations.

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Authors & Contributors
Pingree, David Edwin
Gansten, Martin
Burnett, Charles
Bezza, Giuseppe
Sannino, Antonella
Ohashi, Yukio
History of Science in South Asia
Micrologus: Natura, Scienze e Società Medievali
Suhayl: Journal for the History of the Exact and Natural Sciences in Islamic Civilisation
Culture and Cosmos
Tarikh-e Elm (The Iranian Journal for the History of Science)
Osiris: A Research Journal Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
American Philosophical Society
Cambridge University Press
University of Chicago Press
SISMEL edizioni del Galluzzo
Arabic language
La Hire, Philippe de
Hermes, Trismegistus
Casaubon, Isaac
Pingree, David Edwin
Time Periods
Early modern
17th century
18th century
14th century
Persia (Iran)
Florence (Italy)

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