An Islamic Response to Greek Astronomy

Kitāb Ta‘dīl Hay’at al-Aflāk of sadr al-Sharī‘a. Edited with Translation and Commentary


An Islamic Response to Greek Astronomy is an edition, translation of and commentary on the astronomical work of the fourteenth-century Central Asian religious scholar sadr al-Sharī‘a al-Bukhārī. sadr al-Sharī‘a develops the works of the thirteenth-century Maragha researchers, which set the tone for the astronomical research until the eventual demise of Ptolemaic astronomy.
This work elucidates the development and achievement of the long tradition of reforming Ptolemaic astronomy. It corroborates other evidence that scientific creativity persisted well beyond the eleventh century, a period often viewed as an age of cultural decline and stagnation. sadr al-Sharī‘a's knowledge of and competence in a diverse variety of disciplines is a compelling example of the state of education and level of scholarship in a fourteenth-century Muslim urban setting.


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Biographical Note

Ahmad S. Dallal, Ph.D. (1990) in Islamic Studies, Columbia University, is Assistant Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies at Yale University. He has written on Islamic science and Islamic revivalist thought.

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' The study of A. Dallal, which is the revised version of his doctoral dissertation completed at Columbia University, is a solid piece to be added to the literature on the subject...' Roser Puig, Centaurus, 1997.


All those interested in the history of Islamic science, medieval Islamic intellectual history, the history of science, and the relationship between science and religion.