Maqālah fī ḍaw’ al-qamr مقالة في ضوء القمر Alhazen ابن الهيثم

IO Islamic 1270, ff 32v-47v

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The record is made up of Ff. 32v-47v. It was created in 16th century. It was written in Arabic. The original is part of the British Library: Oriental Manuscripts.

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Treatise on moonlight by Abū ‘Alī al-Ḥasan ibn al-Ḥasan ibn al-Haytham (أبو علي الحسن بن الحسن بن الحسن بن الهيثم; d. ca 1040).

The text contains thirteen diagrams.

Begins (f. 32v, line 3):

إن جرم القمر في تغير أحواله واختلاف أشكال ما يظهر مضيئًا من سطحه وتنقل الضوء

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Ff. 32v-47v
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IO Islamic 1270, ff 32v-47v

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16th century (CE, Gregorian)

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  • Alhazen, 'Fī ḍawʼ al-qamar', Majmūʻ al-rasāʼil li-Abī ʻAlī al-Ḥasan ibn al-Ḥasan ibn al-Haytham al-Baṣrī (Ḥaydarābād al-Dakan: Dāʼirat al-Maʻārif al-ʻUthmānīyah, 1357 [1938])


  • Sezgin, Fuat, Geschichte des arabischen Schrifttums , vol. 5 (Leiden: Brill, 1974), p. 358-74
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Maqālah fī ḍaw’ al-qamr مقالة في ضوء القمر Alhazen ابن الهيثم, British Library: Oriental Manuscripts, IO Islamic 1270, ff 32v-47v, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 20 February 2020]

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