Humboldt State University ® Department of Chemistry

Richard A. Paselk


Ottoman Astronomers at work around Taqi al-Din at the Istanbul Observatory

Ottoman Astronomers

Ala ad-Din Mansur-Shirazi (from Shahinshah-nama, Book of the King of Kings) c. 1574–1595

The instruments being used by these Muslim scholars are essentially those used in Europe at this time. Note in particular the quadrants and the planispheric astrolabe. Much of Greek astronomy was expanded and transmitted by the Muslim culture to the West. In the mid-16th century the two cultures shared a common science and shared tools/instruments, though science was soon to be largely suppressed in the Islamic world while being encouraged in Europe and America.

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