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    Re: Baffled by Baffin
    From: Marcel Tschudin
    Date: 2005 Nov 24, 14:33 +0200

    Sorry, the link in the mail I just sent does unfortunately not show the
    details of the book. Therefore here the details of it by copy/paste:
    
    
    
                In Synchrony with the Heavens
                Studies in Astronomical Timekeeping and Instrumentation in
    Medieval Islamic Civilization
                Instruments of Mass Calculation
                (Studies X-XVIII)
                David A. King
    
    
    
           (you can always remove it later)
    
    
               In print, 2005
               ISBN 900414188X
               Cloth with dustjacket (lxxvi, 1068 pp.)
               List price: EUR 250.- / US$ 358.-
               Islamic Philosophy, Theology and Science. Texts and Studies, In
    Synchrony with the Heavens, 2
    
                This product is part of:
                In Synchrony with the Heavens
                Studies in Astronomical Timekeeping and Instrumentation in
    Medieval Islamic Civilization
                Islamic Philosophy, Theology and Science. Texts and Studies, 55
    
    
                This is the first investigation of one of the main interests of
    astronomy in Islamic civilization, namely, timekeeping by the sun and stars
    and the regulation of the astronomically-defined times of Muslim prayer. The
    study is based on over 500 medieval astronomical manuscripts first
    identified by the author, now preserved in libraries all over the world and
    originally from the entire Islamic world from the Maghrib to Central Asia
    and the Yemen. The materials presented provide new insights into the early
    development of the prayer ritual in Islam.
                They also call into question the popular notion that religion
    could not inspire serious scientific activity. Only one of the hundreds of
    astronomical tables discussed here was known in medieval Europe, which is
    one reason why the entire corpus has remained unknown until the present. A
    second volume, also to be published by Brill Academic Publishers, deals with
    astronomical instruments for timekeeping and other computing devices.
    
    
                David A. King, Ph.D. (1972) in Near Eastern Languages and
    Literatures, Yale University, has been Professor of the History of Science
    at the J. W. Goethe University in Frankfurt since 1985. He has published
    extensively on astronomy and astronomical instruments in Islamic
    civilization.
    
    
    
    

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