Abu Ma’Shar (full name Abū Maʿshar Jaʿfar ibn Muḥammad ibn ʿUmar al- Balkhī أبو معشر جعفر بن محمد بن عمر البلخي) was a 9th century. Alternate name. Albumasar. Born Balkh, (Afghanistan), possibly Died Wāsiṭ , (Iraq), possibly Abū Maʿshar is best known for his astrological writings;. Abu Ma’shar Ja’far ibn Muhammad ibn ‘Umar al-Balkhi ( CE) was born at Balkh, in Khurasan, (now northern Afghanistan) on 10th August, , and died.

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In a remarkable passage that touches the very core of Aristotelian thought on the planets, ‘Abd al-JabbZr makes these observations: In other words, they did not agree that something that depended, for its validation, upon infrequent experiences could be trusted or put on an equal footing with something that could be proven mathematically.

En el libro se incluyen numerosas ilustraciones de los planetas y las constelaciones. In other projects Wikimedia Commons.

Connu sous le nom Flores astrologiae. The main thrust of his argument against abj is to attempt to estab- lish the existence of the ‘possible’ and then to assert that the planets do indeed influence it. Ptolemy’s procedure had one saving grace, however, for these observations did allow for some degree of certainty by virtue of the fact that one could compare them with other kashar taken centuries earlier, thus reducing the scope for error arising from one single observation.

Flores de Abu Ma’shar. Otherwise, the astronomers are like “those who have medicaments and drugs without knowing the purposes for which they are used. In fact, one may easily document doctrines holding that the planets are rational, discerning and so on in sbu statements of the Aristotelian philosophers and astrologers who were Abii Ma’shar’s contemporaries, such as al-Kindi, for instance, and against whom ‘Abd al-Jabbiir seems to be arguing.

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His works were translated into Latin maahar the 12th century and, through their wide circulation in manuscript form, had a great influence on Western scholars. The first of these groups was the religiously-minded sector of early Islamic society that was in the process of transforming itself into a political elite.

He offers a stronger argument against abk upon the authority of AbB al-Fad1 Ja’far ibn Harb,30who purportedly asked the astrologers why, if they really knew the location of hidden treasures and what the future will bring, they failed to take the money themselves or use their knowledge to advance their own lots, instead of deceiving and begging for their living. This generally negative msahar of astrologers-apparently so wide- spread during the ninth century, when Islamic civilization was con- sciously confronting the foreign sciences-constituted a real danger to all of those perceived to be in the astrologers’ maashar.


To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Harvard University Press,f. One of his surviving works is a small treatise entitled The Abbreviation of the Introduction to Astrologyand is believed to be the earliest such manual to be translated into Latin. Farid Jabr, 2d ed.

Nay, they are, moreover, vehement enemies of the Prophet, peace and prayers be upon him, and meticulous in raising doubts against Islam and making it unattractive, even to those who believe in it. This file has been identified as being free of known restrictions under copyright law, mashr all related and neighboring rights. Within the receiving Islamic civi- lization, the creators of ‘ilm al-ha were forced, in the face of immense social pressure, to create a new astronomical discipline that would not be confused with the astrology being rigorously attacked by religious schol- ars and generally perceived as the Achilles’ heel of Greek philosophy.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Help Center Masshar new research papers in: Thus, although he represented the field of astrology, which both he and the early Islamic world had only ab acquired, along with the foreign sciences, he was also acting as a reac- tionary force against the proponents of a newly-emergent science that was trying to free itself of its classical association with astrology, an association that was well-embedded in the foreign sciences.

File change date aabu time Abii Ma’shar has nothing to say to these people and barely mentions them masjar a complete sentence. Public domain Public domain false false This work is in the public domain in its country of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the mashae life plus years or less. As for Aristotle, no one should pay heed to what he says. Second, the anecdote also points to astrology as one discipline among many in the foreign sciences and to the fact that the sheer inner coher- ence of the latter led scholars quite naturally to progress from one dis- cipline to another; thus, an individual delving into the foreign sciences would unavoidably be drawn to astrology, even if the original goal was familiarity with such benign subjects as arithmetic or geometry.

They take cover in Christianity, although the Christians mashat disapprove of them and accuse them of athe- ism ilhaddenying religion ta’til al-skarii’i’ and maahar doubts against the Godhead al-ta’nfi al-rubllbiyya and all of the prophecies.

The official position taken by the Wikimedia Foundation is that ” faithful reproductions of two-dimensional public domain works of art are public domain “. The rest of the book comprises a comprehensive theoretical exposition of, rather than a practical guide to, the discipline of astrology. Either Abu Ma’shar believed that the groups he mashr were the only ones presenting serious objections to astrology that were wor- thy of response or he believed that these same groups should be siding with astrology, but were failing to do so-in which case, they had to be herded back into the fold by means of convincing arguments couched in their own language.


Abu Maʿshar

This photographic reproduction is therefore also considered to be in the public domain in the United States. One category was made up of mawhar common people and it included three subgroups. We are told that he used to speak ill of al-Kindi on account of the latter’s interest in the philosophical sciences and his criticisms led to some discord mazhar the two, to say the least.

Email required Address never made public. This compilation was probably bound in Baghdad during the reign of Jalayirid Sultan Ahmad — Once he chooses to become a writer, then a writing man becomes necessary and is no longer merely possible.

See also Saliba, “The Nashar of the Astrologer. The other planetary positions might vary from modern values due to differences in tables and methods of observation.

Log In Sign Up. He believed, for example, that the skies were filled with shooting stars on the night that the Qur’sn was revealed to the Prophet and that abj event was one of the s i p indicat- ing the truth of the prophetic mission, as was the splitting of the moon and many other examples given in the Tathbit.

Finally, avu last group of particular interest is group six, which was composed of those who were only capable of computing planetary posi- tions with the assistance mashwr ephemeris-like handbooks zijat ,that is, Abu Ma’shar’s fellow astrologers since every astrologer had to know that much, at least. In his amshar to popular sentiment, ‘Abd al-JabbSr even goes so far as to accuse the translators of Greek philosophical and scientific books of being unbelievers and enemies of Islam.

It is no wonder, then, that the most vehement attacks against Greek astronomy and the eventual cre- ation of an alternative astronomy were the work of the very same peo- ple responsible for the revolutionaq creation of ‘ilm ul-hay’a. Al-Kindi created a new Arabic philosophical language, drawn largely from the writings of the Neo-Platonists, and through them, Plato and Aristotle.

Members of this group would renounce astrology as soon as they obtained different results from the various ephemeredes at their disposal, mxshar they had no way of determining which ones were cor- rect. It was again printed in Venice, in and