The Sacred Direction in Islam A Study of the Interaction of Religion and Science in the Middle Ages

@article{King1985TheSD,
  title={The Sacred Direction in Islam A Study of the Interaction of Religion and Science in the Middle Ages},
  author={D. A. King},
  journal={Interdisciplinary Science Reviews},
  year={1985},
  volume={10},
  pages={315-328}
}
  • D. A. King
  • Published 1985
  • Philosophy
  • Interdisciplinary Science Reviews
AbstractIn Islam the sacred direction is towards Mecca, or more precisely, towards the sacred Kaaba in Mecca. Muslims face this direction in prayer and during various other ritual acts. Muslim astronomers from the 9th century onwards dealt with the determination of the qibla, as the sacred direction is called in Arabic. They treated it as a problem of mathematical geography and they produced highly sophisticated trigonometric and geometric solutions. They even compiled tables displaying the… Expand

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