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Abu Ma’Shar (full name Abū Maʿshar Jaʿfar ibn Muḥammad ibn ʿUmar al- Balkhī أبو معشر جعفر بن محمد بن عمر البلخي) was a 9th century. Alternate name. Albumasar. Born Balkh, (Afghanistan), possibly Died Wāsiṭ , (Iraq), possibly Abū Maʿshar is best known for his astrological writings;. Abu Ma’shar Ja’far ibn Muhammad ibn ‘Umar al-Balkhi ( CE) was born at Balkh, in Khurasan, (now northern Afghanistan) on 10th August, , and died.

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Roshdi Rashed and Joel Biard Louvain: Charles Gillispie New York: Ifvou then ask the mathematicians x madhar 1, lhr length. This discord was an obvious reflection of the enmity referred to above between the religiously-oriented sector of soci- ety and the advocates of the foreign sciences. He was a pupil of al-Kindi ca.

Flowers of Abu Ma’shar. Ah1 al-nazav wal-jadal The Mu’tazilites Although the terms na? This argument helps us to understand Abii Ma’shar’s probable point of contention with the Mu’tazilites. Biriini may be a member of the group here attacked by Abii Ma’shar, masbar the for- mer argues against the latter quite vehemently in his Chronology of Ancient Nations, trans.

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The problem, then, lies in identifying just mxshar was exerting such great pressure at that time. This is a faithful photographic reproduction of a two-dimensional, public domain work of art.

Here, it is the astrologers who ought to know better. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: In this last instance, ‘Abd al-Jabba uses evi- dence taken from history to demonstrate that even ‘Ali himself did not know what was going to befall him. The Ascendant, Sun and Venus are in almost exactly the same ecliptical positions. This new astronomy did indeed restrict itself to a descriptive statement of the conditions and behaviour of the celestial bodies without venturing to say whether those bodies had any influence upon the sublunar world or not.

It accompanies au discussion of the astrologers’ practice of inventing books attributed to their predecessors into which they have inserted information about historical events, ‘proving’ that these events had been foreseen and, thus, the validity of their discipline.

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In response, Abii Ma’shar deliberately confuses the issue somewhat by saying that astrologers approach recurring incidents in exactly the same way as mathematical astronomers-the very maxhar people making up group five-who had to depend upon observations made by the ancients in order to determine the positions of the planets and, thus, ascertain mean motions and the like. I lr went on to-A ‘.

What I intend to do in this paper is try to dissect, as clearly as possi- ble, the inrellectualcurrents of the time in order to locate the exact points of contention that led to the birth of a discipline such as ‘ilm al-hay’a. It was Abu Ma’shar who arranged for the translation into Arabic of Ptolemy’s great treatise on astronomy, thereafter known by its Arabic title as the Almagest.

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Public domain Public domain false false This work is in the public domain in its country of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the author’s life plus years or less. In masbar to protect himself from Abii Ma’shar’s perfidiousness, al-Kindi sent an emissary to him to endear him to the disciplines of arithmetic and geometry, apparently under the pretext that these two disciplines were useful to the religious madhar.

As for the intellectual alignments among the diverse sectors of early Islamic society and the varied stances taken vis-a-vis the competing fac- tions, the general received wisdom, mainly inspired by Orientalist stud- ies of early Islamic intellectual history conducted during the last two centuries or so, identifies the religious sector with those who later became mashaar as ahl al-sunna wal-hadith, whose champions were people mashad Ibn Hanbal and his followers.

This page was last edited on 8 Januaryat In opposition to this group were advocates for the importation of zbu foreign sciences, who derived their own authority from the languages of these same sciences-languages which they alone mastered-and from the evident need in the ever- expanding empire of the time for disciplines drawn from these sciences, such as the ability to survey land and resurvey it for distribution among ,ashar, to keep accounts of revenues and expenditures, to manage public health, and to plan and construct public projects for civil and agricul- tural use for example, bridges and canals.

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This work is in the public domain in its country of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the author’s life plus years or less.

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In this context, we are especially fortunate to have an advocate for astrology who was by far the best of all Muslim astrologers and, indeed, lived at an early enough date to be perceived as the virtual founder of the discipline. The text concerns the nature of a year or month or dayas determined by the horoscope, and was intended as a practical manual for the instruction and training of astrologers. It was al-Kindi who translated the works of Aristotle into Arabic, and what we today call “Arabic astrology” is really the body of astrological learning heavily influenced and shaped by the Greeks, and assembled by Arabs, Jews, and Persians from the 8th to the 12th century in Arab lands.

By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. This page was last edited on 27 Decemberat Considering the intellectual environment, it is not difficult mashhar sympa- thize with the theoretical astronomers who would eventually create ‘ilm al-hay’a in an attempt to dissociate themselves from such beliefs.

In fact, it was very clever of Abii Ma’shar to corner these people, who were supposed to be the astrologers’ natural allies owing to the comple- mentary nature of their fields, and to demand that they be true to their discipline’s classical term. His name was Ja’far ibn Muhammad ibn ‘Umar al-Balkhi: But no matter what happens, a man cannot fly, so the act of flying remains impossible.

I believe he should have adjusted the ayanasma rather than the position of the sun. Wikimedia Commons has media related to Albumasar.

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