Al-Kāshī's Treatise on Astronomical Observational Instruments

  title={Al-Kāshī's Treatise on Astronomical Observational Instruments},
  author={Edward S. Kennedy},
  journal={Journal of Near Eastern Studies},
  pages={98 - 108}
  • E. S. Kennedy
  • Published 1 April 1961
  • Physics
  • Journal of Near Eastern Studies
T His paper is a minor contribution to the slowly accumulating corpus of materials on medieval observatory equipment. It presents the Persian text, translation, and commentary to a short treatise written by the fifteenth-century Iranian mathematician and astronomer Jamshid Ghiydth al-Din al-Kdshi (or al-Kdshdni), who later played a leading role (cf. [9])2 at the Samarqand observatory of Ulugh Beg. Since he evidently had some knowledge of the TI-Khanid observa- 
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Volume Information
  • K. Seele
  • Journal of Near Eastern Studies
  • 1961


The Astronomical Instruments of Cha-ma-lu-ting, Their Identification, and Their Relations to the Instruments of the Observatory of Marāgha‡
IN the 48th chapter of the t Yiian-shih a, fol. iO ro ff., under the heading: Hsi-yiu I-hsiang b, "pictures of instruments from the western region," reference is made to drawings (or models) of seven
From Houzeau and Lancaster 1 one may gain the impression that Al Khazini's book on astronomical instruments were extant. A study of their sources 2 shows, however,' that their particular phraseology
Die Instrumente der Sternwarte zu Mardgha nach den Mitteilungen von al-CUrdi
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  • 1928
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