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World-maps for finding the direction and distance to Mecca : innovation and tradition in Islamic science

Author: David A King
Publisher: Leiden, The Netherlands ; Boston : Brill, 1999.
Series: Islamic philosophy, theology, and science, v. 36.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The author describes how Muslims over the centuries have determined the sacred direction ("qibla") towards Mecca and presents two highly sophisticated Mecca-centred world-maps for finding the "qibla," These recently-discovered world-maps have forced a reevaluation of Muslim achievements in mathematics and cartography."
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David A King
ISBN: 9004113673 9789004113671
OCLC Number: 41431694
Language Note: Text in English with passages in Arabic and French.
Description: xxviii, 638 pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 30 cm.
Contents: Aspects of Islamic science --
The determination of the sacred direction in Islam --
The main sources of Safavid mathematical geography --
The instruments on which the maps are engraved --
The geographical data on the maps --
The cartographic grids --
The makers of the Safavid instruments --
Traces of European influence on the instruments --
Further reflections on Mecca-centered world-maps.
Series Title: Islamic philosophy, theology, and science, v. 36.
Responsibility: by David A. King.

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'Science historian David King wrote a monumental book about [a] cartographical miracle.'Dirk van Delft, NRC Handelsblad, 2000.'...impressive volume...This is an important reference book full of Read more...

 
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