Islamic and Indian Magic Squares. Part I

  title={Islamic and Indian Magic Squares. Part I},
  author={S. Cammann},
  journal={History of Religions},
  pages={181 - 209}
  • S. Cammann
  • Published 1969
  • History
  • History of Religions
In the Islamic world and in Hindu India people often wore rings or amulets figured with magic diagrams composed of letters, and in most cases these were obviously talismans derived from holy names or familiar charm phrases. However, in both civilizations we also find rectangular patterns of numbers used in the same way; and although it is clear that these, too, were considered sacred, and effective as protective charms, the reasons for this reverence have never been fully explained.' These… Expand