Eckart, Andreas ORCID: 0000-0001-6049-3132 (2019). IBN RAHIQ'S TEXT ON THE MILKY WAY: PERCEPTION OF THE MILKY WAY IN THE EARLY ISLAMIC SOCIETY. Arab. Sci. Philos., 29 (2). S. 227 - 261. NEW YORK: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS. ISSN 1474-0524

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Ibn Rahiq is an 11th century scholar who compiled a book on popular astronomy. This work included a section in which he summarizes basic knowledge of the Milky Way as it was wide spread in the first centuries after the hejira. Ibn Rahiq gives a comprehensive overview of the perception of the Milky Way that reaches from its use as a test for knowledge of the religious tradition and for agricultural purposes on the one hand to an exact astronomical description of its shape in the sky during the year and to theories of its nature and composition on the other hand. We use a comparison of his text to those of Ibn al-Haytham and others to investigate the role the Milky Way played in early Islamic civilization from its beginning until the 15th century.

Item Type: Journal Article
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URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-143011
DOI: 10.1017/S0957423919000055
Journal or Publication Title: Arab. Sci. Philos.
Volume: 29
Number: 2
Page Range: S. 227 - 261
Date: 2019
Place of Publication: NEW YORK
ISSN: 1474-0524
Language: English
Faculty: Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Divisions: Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences > Department of Physics > Institute of Physics I
Subjects: no entry
Uncontrolled Keywords:
History & Philosophy Of Science; PhilosophyMultiple languages
Refereed: Yes


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