A Scholarly Intermediary between the Ottoman Empire and Renaissance Europe

  title={A Scholarly Intermediary between the Ottoman Empire and Renaissance Europe},
  author={Robert John Morrison},
  pages={32 - 57}
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Perush Se _ per al-Magist ខi (cit. n. 55), fols. 163r-v, 164r. See also Langermann

  • Science in the Jewish Communities of the Byzantine Cultural Orbit

Langermann notes that Mizrah ខi had misgivings about Andalusian (i.e., homocentric) astronomy. See also Mizrah ខi, Perush Se _ per al-Magist ខi, fol

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L'abrégé de l'Almageste

    Aristotelian Planetary Theory in the Renaissance" (cit. n. 75), esp. p. 41; and Ibn Nah ខmias, Or ha-olam

      On the Fuggers and Venice see Jacob Strieder, Jacob Fugger the Rich: Merchant and Banker of Augsburg

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