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From Māshā ' Allāh to Kepler


Edited by Charles Burnett & Dorian Gieseler Greenbaum

Series: Studies in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology, Vol. 6

ISBN 13: ISBN-13: 978-1907767067

Paperback: 552 pages

Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches


Astrology has recently become a subject of interest to scholars of the highest calibre. However, the tendency has been to look at the social context of astrology, the attacks on astrologers and their craft, and on astrological iconography and symbolism; i.e., largely looking on astrology from the outside. The intention of this book is to look at the subject from the inside: the ideas and techniques of astrologers themselves. In both Western and Eastern cultures astrology was regarded as a pure science by most scholars, mathematicians, physicians, philosophers and theologians, and was taught in schools and universities. The greatest astronomers of the period under consideration, al-Kindi, Thabit ibn Qurra, Abraham Ibn Ezra, Galileo and Kepler, also wrote about and practised astrology. What did astrologers write about astrology and how did they teach their subject and practise their craft? What changes occurred in astrological theory and practice over time and from one culture to another? What cosmological and philosophical frameworks did astrologers use to describe their practice? What role did diagrams, tables and illustrations play in astrological text-books? What was astrology’s place in universities and academies? This book contains surveys of astrologers and their craft in Islamic, Jewish and Christian culture, and includes hitherto unpublished and unstudied astrological texts.


Table of Contents


Charles Burnett and Dorian Gieseler Greenbaum

Saturn–Jupiter Conjunctions and General Astrology: Ptolemy, Abū Maʿshar and Their Commentators
Giuseppe Bezza

From Baghdad to Civitas Solis: Horoscopes of Foundations of Cities
Jean-Patrice Boudet

Galileo’s Astrological Philosophy
Bernadette Brady

Interpreting Interpretations: The Aphorism in the Practice of the Renaissance Astrologers
Geoffrey Cornelius

Curriculum by Design: Ibn Ezra’s Astrological Texts
Meira Epstein

Astrology in al-Andalus during the 11th and 12th Centuries: Between Religion and Philosophy
Miquel Forcada

Kepler’s Personal Astrology: Two Letters to Michael Maestlin
Dorian Gieseler Greenbaum

Evidence in Bonatti for the Practical Application of Certain Astrological Techniques
Robert Hand

Paul of Middelburg’s Prognosticum for the years 1484 to 1504
Stephan Heilen

Al-Bīrūnī on the Computation of Primary Progression (tasyīr)
Jan Hogendijk

Cosmological Traditions in Judeo-Byzantine South Italy: A Preliminary Analysis
Piergabriele Mancuso

Quantitative Concepts in Hellenistic and Medieval Astrology>br> Josefina Rodríguez-Arribas

Giuliano Ristori and Filippo Fantoni on Pseudo-Prophets, Great Conjunctions and Other Astrological Effects
H. Darrel Rutkin

Astrology in Morocco towards the End of the Fourteenth Century and the Beginning of the Fifteenth Century
Julio Samsó

Elections in Medieval Islamic Folk Astronomy
Petra Schmidl

Abraham Ibn Ezra’s Interpretation of Astrology according to the Two Versions of the Book of Reasons
Shlomo Sela

Dr Reason and Dr Experience: Culpeper’s Assignation of Planetary Rulers in The English Physitian
Graeme Tobyn

Self-Governance and the Body Politic in Renaissance Annual Prognostications
Steven Vanden Broecke



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