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Mathematical Astronomy in Medieval Yemen
A Biobibliographical Survey

By David A. King

Mathematical Astronomy in Medieval Yemen
Paperback, 112 pages £5.00
Published: 1983
ISBN: 9780890030981
Format: 276mm x 212mm
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Subjects: American Research Center in Egypt, Medieval Studies
Series: American Research Center in Egypt Catalogs

This work surveys over 100 Yemeni astronomical manuscripts preserved in the libraries of Europe and the Near East. These sources attest to an active interest in mathematical astronomy in the Yemen from the 10th century to the early 20th century, and the writings of various Yemeni astronomers of the 13th and 14th centuries are particularly impressive. To the historian of Islamic science some of these works are of interest because they preserve earlier Iraqi and Egyptian astronomical sources which are no longer extant in their original form, and to the historian of Islamic institutions others are of interest because they cast new light on the astronomical orientation of the Kaba and on the early history of the institution of prayer in Islam.

Illustrated with 10 plates.

List of Plates


Part I: Introduction

Part II: Survey of Yemeni Astronomers and their Works

Appendix A: Yemeni Works on Arithmetic, Inheritance, and Surveying

Appendix B: Some New Material

Sigla of Manuscripts Consulted

List of Manuscripts Consulted

Bibliographical Abbreviations





David A. King is professor in the Institute for the History of Science at Goethe University, Frankfurt.

Publication Details:

 Paperback , 112 pages
 276mm x 212mm

BIC Code:
  HIS037010, SCI005000
 American Research Center in Egypt


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