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A Princely Pandect on Astronomy

Naṣīr al-Dīn Ṭūsī's Muʿīnīya Epistle and its Appendix

Authors: Niazi, Kaveh

  • Presents an English-language translation of a major astronomical work of the Islamic era
  • Contains what is perhaps the first English translation of a Persian work in hay’a
  • Highlights a work that was to serve as a much-duplicated template for similar works in hay’a published subsequently in Arabic and Persian
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About this book

This book presents an English-language translation of Risālā-yi Muʿīnīya, or the Muʿīnīya Epistle. Risālā-yi Muʿīnīya is one of the earliest known works of Naṣīr al-Dīn Ṭūsī (1201–1274), an intellectual luminary of the 13th century CE. The work is notable for the choice of Ṭūsī’s native Persian as the language of the text. In addition, Ṭūsī organized his volume into a four-part structure, which went on to become a popular template for the Islamic astronomers who succeeded him.  

This book helped ensure the patronage of Ṭūsī's courtly patrons during his decades-long stay with the Ismaʿīlīs, as well as the continuation of his remarkable career under the first Ilkhanid rulers of Persia. This translation helps make this notable treatise accessible to English language readers. It is among a handful of English translations of major astronomical works dealing with hay’a/cosmography in the Islamic world. 

Subsequently Ṭūsī was to pen his own commentary on the work (the Ḥall-i Mushkilāt-i Muʿīnīya, or A solution to the difficulties of the Muʿīnīya) and he used this occasion to discuss his celebrated mathematical formulation “the Ṭūsī Couple” (a concept that he merely hinted at in the Risālā-yi Muʿīnīya). 


About the authors

Kaveh Niazi received a Ph.D in applied physics from the University of California, Berkeley (1995) as well as a Ph.D in the history of science from Columbia University, New York, in 2011. He is the author of "Quṭb al-Dīn Shīrāzī and the Configuration of the Heavens" (Springer, 2014). His research interests include the history of astronomy, geology, and engineering in the Islamic era.

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eBook 85,59 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
A Princely Pandect on Astronomy
Book Subtitle
Naṣīr al-Dīn Ṭūsī's Muʿīnīya Epistle and its Appendix
Authors
Series Title
Archimedes
Series Volume
58
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-50761-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-50761-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-50760-2
Series ISSN
1385-0180
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 476
Number of Illustrations
141 b/w illustrations
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