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The Important Stars Among the Multitude of The Heavens

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The science of astronomy has deep roots in Islamic scholarship. As early as the ninth century thinkers such as Ahmad ibn Mohammad ibn Kathir al-Farghani’ (d. 861) enhanced mathematical models of the cosmos, using improved instruments, and also revised the Ptolemaic system. This astronomical instructional text features a diagram that illustrates the rotation of the heavens. It was used as a guide for tracking the movement of the stars in order to determine the beginning of the seasons as well as decipher horoscopes.

The Important Stars Among the Multitude of The Heavens, Manuscript on paper

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