Abū Ma‘šar on Historical Astrology: The Book of Religions and Dynasties (On the Great Conjunctions)

Volume I: The Arabic original: Abū Ma‘šar, K. al-Milal wa d-duwal (The Book on Religions and Dynasties). Arabic text edited by Keiji Yamamoto, with an English translation by Keiji Yamamoto and Charles Burnett

This volume provides the Arabic, Latin and English text of the major work on historical astrology of the Middle Ages. The text is attributed either to Abū Ma‘šar (787-886) or to his pupil Ibn al-Bāzyār, and was translated into Latin in the mid-twelfth century. In eight books (parts) it provides the scientific basis for predictions concerning kings, prophets, dynasties, religions, wars, epidemics etc., by means of conjunctions of planets, comets and other astronomical factors.
It is cited frequently by both Arabic and Latin authors. These editions will provide, for the first time, the context of these citations. Aside from its intrinsic interest for cultural history and the history of science, this work provides several details.

The print edition is available as a set of two volumes (9789004117334).

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Keiji Yamamoto was Associate Professor at Kyoto Sangyo University, Institute for World Affairs and Cultures. He edited and translated several Arabic astrology texts into English and wrote articles on Arabic astrology and Arabic printing in Renaissance Europe.
Charles Burnett, Ph.D. (1975), Cambridge, is Lecturer, Warburg Institute, London. He has edited Hermann of Carinthia's De Essentiis (Brill, 1982) and written several articles on translations from Arabic into Latin.
Historians, historians of science, and students of intellectual history, Islamic culture, oriental studies and astrology.
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