Thesis ID: CBB621114449

Encounters with Alcabitius: Reading Arabic Astrology in Premodern Europe (2017)


This project examines the transmission and reception in medieval and early modern Europe of the Introduction to Astrology, written by the tenth-century Arabic author al-Qabīṣī and known to his Latin readers as Alcabitius. First composed in Aleppo and translated into Latin in the twelfth century, the work became one of the most influential texts on astrology in medieval and early modern Europe, particularly at universities. A close study of different forms of readership (translations, annotations, commentaries, and materialities) demonstrates how attitudes and perceptions of Arabic astrology shifted (or remained stable) among diverse groups of medieval and early modern readers in Europe. The readership of the Latin manuscript and print traditions, understood in conjunction with a contextualized study of the Arabic original, reveals how the astrological tradition in Europe emerged and evolved by assimilating and adapting Islamic ideas.

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Authors & Contributors
Paravicini Bagliani, Agostino
Sezgin, Fuat
Swetz, Frank J.
Ben-Zaken, Avner
Stuckrad, Kocku von
Fraenkel, Carlos
Zeitschrift für Geschichte der Arabisch-Islamischen Wissenschaften
Journal of Early Modern History
SISMEL edizioni del Galluzzo
A.K. Peters
Johns Hopkins University Press
Belknap Press of Harvard University Press
Arab/Islamic world, civilization and culture
Cross-cultural interaction; cultural influence
Western world, civilization and culture
Transmission of texts
Transmission of ideas
Suhrawardī, Yaḥyá ibn Ḥabash
Ibn Khaldun
Bacon, Roger
Time Periods
Early modern
17th century
Mediterranean region
Ottoman Empire
Salerno (Italy)
Toledo (Spain)
Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze

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