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Ibn al-Kammād’s Star List

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The study of medieval astronomical texts has provided many examples of the interaction of scholars writing in Arabic, Latin, and Hebrew in a tradition that largely depended on Ptolemy's Almagest, written in Greek in the 2nd century A.D. Star lists have been shown to exemplify the variety of transmission and adaptation of the Almagest, largely due to the efforts of Paul Kunitzsch who has examined, edited, and classified a great number of such texts in Latin and Arabic. This chapter concerns with a list of 30 stars that clearly depends on Ptolemy's star catalogue, and it is represented in texts in Arabic, Latin, and Hebrew. This star list by Abū Jacfar Aḥmad b. Yūsuf Ibn al- Kammād, an Andalusian astronomer active in Córdoba in the 12th century, was surprisingly successful, if we are to judge by its persistence over many centuries.

Keywords: medieval astronomical text; Paul Kunitzsch; Ptolemy's Almagest; Star list; Yūsuf Ibn al- Kammād



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