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Book One: On the Heavens

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In this chapter, the author says that he has divided this volume, entitled Curiosities of the Sciences and Marvels of the Eyes, into books, each book with consecutive chapters and topics. The first book consists of the structure of the outermost sphere, its form, its attributes, and its extent; the twelve signs of the zodiac; the seven planets; the lunar mansions, their indicator stars (ayyuqat) and their positions; the comets, their influences and their conditions; and what needs to be known and requires explanation in their regard. The second book covers the seven climes, their longitudes and their latitudes, their seas and their islands, the extent of their regions, as well as their highlands, lowlands, famous rivers, and proverbial localities. Then, in the end, the author has added a description of the wonders and curiosities of the Earth.

Keywords:comets; indicator stars; lunar mansions; outermost sphere



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