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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But since these planets did not return to the same positions in one lifetime, or even in generations, aub that experience did not recur with sufficient frequency to be verified.

The implication is that, if these ‘latter-day astronomers,’ that is, the innovators who went ahead to create ‘ilm al-hay’a, are actually good astronomers, they ought to follow the foundations of their own discipline, namely, philosophy, and therefore hold, along with the philosophers, that events occur in this world owing to the actions of the celestial bodies, as Aristotle believed.

Here, it is the astrologers who ought to know better.

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His works were translated into Latin in the 12th century and, through their wide circulation in manuscript form, had a great influence on Western scholars. Unable to recommend an instrument accurate enough to make such an observa- tion, Ptolemy resorts to a bookish calculation and selects a point that can be determined with much greater precision using his own tables in the Almagest.

By this, he means people associated with the foreign sciences, such as the philoso- phers-ill-defined as they were at this time-making up groups one and two, who either did not believe that the planets had any influence, as in the case of group one, or considered their influence to be limited, as in the case of the second group. In a technical sense, the type of astrology that Abii Ma’shar seems to have advocated was a kind of soft astrology, to use A.

The Cambridge history of Iran, Volume 4 Repr. As for the intellectual alignments among the diverse sectors of early Islamic society and the varied stances taken vis-a-vis the competing fac- tions, the general received wisdom, mainly inspired by Orientalist stud- ies of early Islamic intellectual history conducted during the last two centuries or so, identifies the religious sector with those who later became known as ahl al-sunna wal-hadith, whose champions were people like Ibn Hanbal and his followers.

Thus, this YiihannH the priest most likely lived at the end of the ninth and the begin- ning of the tenth century. Abii Ma’shar also includes the physicians, who formed group eight, and criticizes them for not wishing to under- stand the foundations of their own discipline better, arguing that they practiced their profession solely for monetary gain. Al-Lajna al-Lubnaniyya li-tajamat al-rawa’i: The second broad category comprised those groups that Abii Ma’shar believed should be sympathetic to astrology, but were not.


Even when a com- bination of positions did recur, the number of years that passed before it happened was ‘astronomical,’ in the vulgar sense of the word. I believe he should have adjusted the ayanasma rather than the position of the sun.

ADwho is reported to have disputed it. One of his lost books, called Book of the Thousandsapparently contained an outline of world history. There is no reference, for example, to the people of tradition, ah1 al-hadith,” who were very well-represented in Abu Ma’shar’s time by the most famous traditionalist, Ahmad ibn Hanbal d.

But his attacks against it are on virtually the same level: There is about a one degree difference in the positions of Mars and Jupiter, and about a 2 degree difference in the position of Aby. Flowers of Abu Ma’shar. Babylonian astronomy Egyptian astronomy Hellenistic astronomy Indian astronomy. I6 But at this point, even Abii Ma’shar has to add that, although the philosophers here meaning Aristotle asserted that “things come to be and decay in this world by the power of motions [of the celestial mxshar ies],” they do so “by the permission of God, the Almighty bi-idhn Allah ta’lilli.

Electronic reproduction of 12th century Masjar translation of the Flowers of Abu Ma’sharalso made available for download in PDF format. Only then is the agent empowered to commit his own sin, for instance, without being able to shift responsibility to another agency, be au the planets or even God. But there were other enemies to fight as well.

In this last instance, ‘Abd al-Jabba uses evi- dence taken from history to demonstrate that even ‘Ali himself did not know what was going to befall him.

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Joseph Canning, Edmund J. The timestamp is only as accurate as the clock in the camera, and it may be completely wrong.

This chart is mazhar with Whole Sign houses. Subject Date – Abu Ma’shar’s espousal of the cause of astrology is very clearly artic- ulated in his most important work upon the subject, namely, his Al- Madkhal ild ‘ilm ahkdm al-nujum Introduction to the science of the judgements of the stars.

This site uses cookies. Biblioteca Nacional de Catar. Astrology’s opponents were not only religions figures, but included, among others, physicians and even astronomers who, in the end, created a new discipline that wasfree ofthe stigma attached to Greek astronomy.


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. Retrieved from ” https: Click here to sign up.

In it, he invites the astrologer to tell of past events, saying that it is surely an easier task than foretelling the future. Not only do the astrologers fail to do so, he continues, but the Shi’ite imcims are unable to tell of forthcoming events despite the claims of their followers.

His opposition to the foreign sciences was mitigated, how- ever, by the fact that he had to use Greek philosophical and logical arguments to support his own kalnm doctrines against his detractors, presumably the traditionalists.

Such remarks would seem to indicate that he believed that he had made his peace with the religious scholars by subsuming the planetary influences under the will of God and had only to deal with the proponents of the foreign sciences. Al-Kindi created a new Arabic philosophical language, drawn largely from the writings of the Neo-Platonists, and through them, Plato and Aristotle. As for the astrologers asfiub al-nujam who have attributed these things that come to be ful-kawtdith.

You are commenting using your Facebook account. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Abu Ma’shar known also as Albumasar became professor of astrology at Baghdad University during the caliphate of the great Abu al-Abbas al-Mamun. This argument helps us to understand Abii Ma’shar’s probable point of contention with the Mu’tazilites.

The point he selects is the point of conjunction or opposition between sun and moon just preceding birth.

The depository continued to exist at the time an-Nadim wrote in the 10th century. Ma’shar manipulates the argument, for he fails to demonstrate how actions that might be actualized in the future may be categorized as already existent, that is, necessary in the mode of having previously been actualized. His discourses incorporated and expanded upon the studies of earlier scholars of Islamic, Persian, Greek, and Mesopotamian origin.

A full version of the story is reported by Muhammad ibn Ishaq al-Nadim, Kitib al-fihrist, ed. In his own systematic fashion, Abii Ma’shar classifies his opponents into ten groups, giving in each instance the arguments proffered by the group and then his own response.