Observatories in Islamic history

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This article touches on the development of observatories for astronomical activities in Muslim history. The period covered by this article is throughout the 'Abbasid and Fatimid periods. It is to give a general picture of the historical sequence in the development of observatories in line with the progress of astronomy during the Islamic caliphate. This study finds that the 'Abbasid caliphate preceded the other governments in the building of observatories for the purpose of education and research in astronomy. However, it cannot be denied that other Muslim governments also contributed to astronomy. It depended on the interest and political will of the ruling caliph. Generally, the rulers' concern and commitment, the dedication of intellectuals and political stability form the most important foundation in creating a conducive atmosphere for the development of observatories.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1370-1373
Number of pages4
JournalAdvances in Natural and Applied Sciences
Volume6
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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Keywords

  • Islamic history
  • Muslim scholars
  • Observatory

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Observatories in Islamic history. / Mujani, Wan Kamal; Ibrahim, Ibnor Azli; Mohd Hafiz, Safiai.

In: Advances in Natural and Applied Sciences, Vol. 6, No. 8, 2012, p. 1370-1373.

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