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Author Niazi, Kaveh,
Title Qutb al-Din Shirazi and the configuration of the heavens : a comparison of texts and models / Kaveh Niazi.
Imprint Dordrecht : Springer, [2013?]

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Author Niazi, Kaveh,
Series Archimedes, 1385-0180 ; v. 35
Archimedes (Dordrecht, Netherlands) ; v. 35. 1385-0180
Subject Quṭb al-Shīrāzī, Maḥmūd ibn Masʻūd, 1236 or 1237-1310 or 1311.
Astronomy, Arab -- History.
Description 1 online resource (xiii, 189 pages) : illustrations.
Contents Chapter 1. Purpose and Background of Study -- Chapter 2. The Mongols in Iran -- Chapter 3. Sh raz 's Life -- Chapter 4. The Principal Astronomical Sources -- Chapter 5. Persian vs. Arabic: Language as a Determinant of Content -- Chapter 6. Conclusion -- Figures- Bibliography -- Appendix A -- Appendix B -- Appendix C -- Appendix D -- Appendix E.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary As a leading scientist of the 13th century C.E. Qutb al-Din Shirazi wrote three substantial works on hay a (or the configuration of the celestial orbs): The Limits of Attainment in the Understanding of the Heavens, The Royal Offering Regarding the Knowledge of the Configuration of the Heavens, and The Mu affar Elections. Completed in less than four years and written in two of the classical languages of the Islamic world, Arabic and Persian, these works provide a fascinating window to the astronomical research carried out in Ilkhanid Persia. Shirazi and his colleagues were driven by their desire to rid Ptolemaic astronomy from its perceived shortcomings. An intriguing trail of revisions and emendations in Shirazi's hay a texts serves to highlight both those features of Shirazi's astronomy that were inherited from his predecessors, as well as his original contributions to this branch of astronomical research. As a renowned savant, Shirazi spent a large portion of his career near centers of political power in Persia and Anatolia. A study of his scientific output and career as a scholar is an opportunity, therefore, for an examination of the patronage of science and of scientific works within the Ilkhanid realms. Not only was this patronage important to the work of scholars such as Shirazi but it was critical to the founding and operation of one of the foremost scientific institutions of the medieval Islamic world, the Maragha observatory. The astronomical tradition in which Shirazi carried out his research has many links, as well, to the astronomy of Early Modern Europe, as can be seen in the astronomical models of Copernicus.
Note Online resource; title from PDF title page (SpringerLink, viewed September 9, 2013).
ISBN 9789400769991 (electronic bk.)
9400769997 (electronic bk.)
ISBN/ISSN 10.1007/978-94-007-6999-1
OCLC # 858529723
Additional Format Print version: Niazi, Kaveh. Qutb al-Din Shirazi and the Configuration of the Heavens : A Comparison of Texts and Models. Dordrecht : Springer, 2013 9789400769984

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