In Synchrony with the Heavens :
2 Volumes : Instruments of Mass Calculation,
Studies in Astronomical Timekeeping and
Instrumentation in Medieval Islamic Civilisation,
*Large [A4+] Paperback -pages,
**2 Volume Set - (Studies X - XVIII),
by David A. King,
Published by E.J. Brill, [December 2013]
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This is the first investigation of one of the main interests of astronomy in Islamic civilisation, namely, timekeeping by the sun and stars and the regulation of the astronomically-defined times of Muslim prayer (Salaat).
The study is based on over 500 medieval astronomical manuscripts first identified by the author, now preserved in libraries all over the world and originally from the entire Islamic world from the Maghrib to Central Asia and the Yemen. The materials presented provide new insights into the early development of the prayer ritual in Islam. They also call into question the popular notion that religion could not inspire serious scientific activity. Only one of the hundreds of astronomical tables discussed here was known in medieval Europe, which is one reason why the entire corpus has remained unknown until the present.
This is Volume Two, Part 1 and Part 2, (two separate volumes) now available from Madani Propagation (published by Brill), deals with astronomical instruments for timekeeping and other computing devices.
Further details to follow.
2 Volume Set.
Also available: In Synchrony with the Heavens : The Call of the Muezzin, Volume 1.