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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. Volume II: The Latin Versions: Albumas
These two volumes provide 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. All volumes of the print edition are available in individual e-books: 9789004530980 (volume 1) - 9789004530997 (volume 2).
Abū Ma’͑šar’s Great Introduction to Astrology (mid-ninth century) is the most comprehensive and influential text on astrology in the Middle Ages. In addition to presenting astrological doctrine, it provides a detailed justification for the validity of astrology and establishes its basis within the natural sciences of the philosophers. These two volumes provide a critical edition of the Arabic text; a facing English translation, which includes references to the divergences in the twelfth-century Latin translations of John of Seville and Hermann of Carinthia (Volume 1); and the large fragment of a Greek translation (edited by David Pingree). Comprehensive Arabic, English, Greek and Latin glossaries enable one to trace changes in vocabulary and terminology as the text passed from one culture to another. (Volume 2.)
In: Abū Ma‘šar on Historical Astrology: The Book of Religions and Dynasties (On the Great Conjunctions)
In: Abū Ma‘šar on Historical Astrology: The Book of Religions and Dynasties (On the Great Conjunctions)
In: Abū Ma‘šar on Historical Astrology: The Book of Religions and Dynasties (On the Great Conjunctions)
In: Abū Ma‘šar on Historical Astrology: The Book of Religions and Dynasties (On the Great Conjunctions)
In: Abū Ma‘šar on Historical Astrology: The Book of Religions and Dynasties (On the Great Conjunctions)
In: Abū Ma‘šar on Historical Astrology: The Book of Religions and Dynasties (On the Great Conjunctions)
In: Abū Ma‘šar on Historical Astrology: The Book of Religions and Dynasties (On the Great Conjunctions)
In: Abū Ma‘šar on Historical Astrology: The Book of Religions and Dynasties (On the Great Conjunctions)