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Archimedes

Quṭb al-Dīn Shīrāzī and the Configuration of the Heavens

A Comparison of Texts and Models

Authors: Niazi, Kaveh

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  • This study clarifies the relationship between three well-known but little studied medieval works on astronomy
  • Provides a detailed biography of Quṭb al-Dīn Shīrāzī, a leading scientist of his era
  • Sheds light on the nature of the patronage of the sciences in Ilkhanid Persia
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As a leading scientist of the 13th century C. E. Quṭb al-Dīn Shīrāzī wrote three substantial works on hay’a (or the configuration of the celestial orbs):  Nihāyat al-idrāk fī dirāyat al-aflāk (“The Limits of Attainment in the Understanding of the Heavens”), al-Tuḥfa al-shāhīya fī ‘ilm al-hay’a (“The Royal Offering Regarding the Knowledge of the Configuration of the Heavens”), and Ikhtīyārāt-i Muẓaffarī (“The Muẓaffarī Elections”).  Completed in less than four years and written in two of the classical languages of the Islamic world, Arabic and Persian, these works provide a fascinating window to the astronomical research carried out in Ilkhanid Persia. Shīrāzī and his colleagues were driven by their desire to rid Ptolemaic astronomy from its perceived shortcomings.  An intriguing trail of revisions and emendations in Shīrāzī’s hay’a texts serves to highlight both those features of Shīrāzī's astronomy that were inherited from his predecessors, as well as his original contributions to this branch of astronomical research. As a renowned savant, Shīrāzī spent a large portion of his career near centers of political power in Persia and Anatolia.  A study of his scientific output and career as a scholar is an opportunity, therefore, for an examination of the patronage of science and of scientific works within the Ilkhanid realms. Not only was this patronage important to the work of scholars such as Shīrāzī but it was critical to the founding and operation of one of the foremost scientific institutions of the medieval Islamic world, the Marāgha observatory. The astronomical tradition in which Shīrāzī carried out his research has many links, as well, to the astronomy of Early Modern Europe, as can be seen in the astronomical models of Copernicus.

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Table of contents (6 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Quṭb al-Dīn Shīrāzī and the Configuration of the Heavens
Book Subtitle
A Comparison of Texts and Models
Authors
Series Title
Archimedes
Series Volume
35
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-6999-1
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-6999-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-6998-4
Softcover ISBN
978-94-024-0082-3
Series ISSN
1385-0180
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 189
Number of Illustrations
30 b/w illustrations
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