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Al-Qabiṣi's Introduction To Astrology: From Courtly Entertainment To University Textbook

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Every scientific text is the product of a specific cultural and intellectual situation. When a text continues to be copied over a long period of time, and is translated into other languages, it is read and used in different ways, and adds nuances from the cultures through which it travels. Al – Qabīṣī impresses on his patron the necessity to discriminate between the large number of self-styled astrologers who surround him, and gives him a set of questions that are sure to separate out astrologers who know their craft from the ignorant and the charlatans. The vast majority of the manuscripts and all the printed versions of al – qabīṣī Introduction to Astrology derive from a translation of the text from Arabic into Latin made in or before 1135 by John of Seville, the most prolific of the translators of works of astrology and astronomy in the Middle Ages.

Keywords: Al – Qabīṣī; judicial astrology



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