The heavens of the sky and the heavens of the heart: the Ottoman cultural context for the introduction of post-Copernican astronomy

@article{BenZaken2004TheHO,
  title={The heavens of the sky and the heavens of the heart: the Ottoman cultural context for the introduction of post-Copernican astronomy},
  author={Avner Ben-Zaken},
  journal={The British Journal for the History of Science},
  year={2004},
  volume={37},
  pages={1 - 28}
}
  • Avner Ben-Zaken
  • Published 1 March 2004
  • Art
  • The British Journal for the History of Science
In 1637 a Frenchman named Noël Duret (Durret) published a book in Paris that referred to the heliocentric Copernican system. In 1660 an Ottoman scholar named Ibrāhīm Efendi al-Zigetvari Tezkireci translated the book into Arabic. For more than three centuries this manuscript was buried in an Ottoman archive in Istanbul until it resurfaced at the beginning of the 1990s. The discovery of the Arabic text has necessitated a re-evaluation of the history of early modern Arabic natural philosophy, one… 
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