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The Secrets Of Time: Astrology And Sacred History

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This chapter overviews of medieval Muslim astrology before it turns to the Christian astrology of the same period, which can be described as an adaptation of Muslim traditions of knowledge, but which also reveals its own transmission and reworking of ancient doctrines leading to astonishing results already in the ninth century. From the beginning, most Muslim rulers were open to science and philosophy. This led to a very fruitful transmission of ancient knowledge. The chapter focuses on Christian astrology in the early Middle Ages. Quite contrary to a widely held assumption, astrology continued to flourish in medieval Christian contexts as well. The history of Latin Christianity in the West was somewhat different.

Keywords: Christian astrology; medieval Muslim astrology; sacred history



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