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This volume presents six major works by the medieval astrologer Sahl b. Bishr, translated from Arabic into English by leading translator Benjamin Dykes.
Critical edition of the earliest known astrological autobiography The present book reveals the riches of the earliest known astrological autobiography, authored by Henry Bate of Mechelen (1246–after 1310). Exploiting all resources of contemporary astrological science, Bate conducts in his Nativitas a profound self-analysis, revealing the peculiarities of his character and personality at a crucial moment of his life (1280). The result is an extraordinarily detailed and penetrating attempt to decode the fate of one’s own life and its idiosyncrasies. The Astrological Autobiography of a Medieval Philosopher offers the first critical edition of Bate’s Nativitas. An extensive introduction presents Bate’s life and work and sheds new light on the reception and use of Greek, Latin, Arabic, and Hebrew texts among scholars in Paris at the end of the 13th century. The book thus provides a major new resource for scholars working on medieval science, autobiography, and notions of personhood and individuality.
Understanding how medieval textual cultures engaged with the heritage of antiquity (transmission and translation) depends on recognizing that reception is a creative cultural act (transformation). These essays focus on the people, societies and institutions who were doing the transmitting, translating, and transforming -- the "agents". The subject matter ranges from medicine to astronomy, literature to magic, while the cultural context encompasses Islamic and Jewish societies, as well as Byzantium and the Latin West. What unites these studies is their attention to the methodological and conceptual challenges of thinking about agency. Not every agent acted with an agenda, and agenda were sometimes driven by immediate needs or religious considerations that while compelling to the actors, are more opaque to us. What does it mean to say that a text becomes “available” for transmission or translation? And why do some texts, once transmitted, fail to thrive in their new milieu? This collection thus points toward a more sophisticated “ecology” of transmission, where not only individuals and teams of individuals, but also social spaces and local cultures, act as the agents of cultural creativity.
This book contains studies on the Jews in Muslim countries in the early Middle Ages, and is based on an extensive use of both Jewish and Muslim mediaeval sources. "Jews in Islamic Countries in the Middle Ages" has been selected by "Choice" as Outstanding Academic Title (2005).
First Published in 2000. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
Horary astrology, known traditionally as "questions," is a branch of astrology which erects charts in order to make judgments and predictions about pressing matters of the moment, from relationship advice to the location of lost objects.
Astrology of the World II: Revolutions & History is the second in a trilogy of translations in traditional mundane astrology, from Latin and Arabic astrologers. This volume focuses on astrological views of history, Saturn-Jupiter conjunctions, and interpreting mundane ingresses. After an extensive Introduction with numerous charts and tables to help the modern reader, Part 1 provides short summaries and principles from medieval authors. Part 2 includes three works by Masha'allah (one from Arabic) on ingresses and conjunctional theory, as well as a lengthy work attributed to Abu Ma'shar which includes chart examples from Sahl. Part 3 contains a new translation of Abu Ma'shar's Flowers, with some corrections to the medieval text based on Arabic manuscripts. Finally, Part 4 contains a complete translation, from Arabic, of the mundane book of al-Rijal's (Haly Abenragel's) Book of the Skilled in the Judgments of the Stars. In Appendices, Dr. Benjamin Dykes provides modern tables of mean Saturn-Jupiter conjunctions as well as Saturn-Mars conjunctions in Cancer, and translations (from Arabic) of several mundane chart examples from Sahl b. Bishr, with historical commentary. Throughout, Dr. Dykes provides helpful introductory comments and analysis to aid the modern reader in this complex subject. It is a must-have for traditional astrologers and historians of astrology.

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