Farghani, Ahmad Ibn Muhammad Ibn Kathir Al-

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Farghani, Ahmad Ibn Muhammad Ibn Kathir Al-


(Latinized name, Alfraganus). A ninth-century Middle Asian astronomer.

Al-Farghani’s treatise A Book on Celestial Motions and a Compendium of the Sciences of the Stars is a concise encyclopedia of the astronomical knowledge of his time. The treatise became known in Europe through a translation from Arabic to Latin in the 12th century and through translations into other European languages in the 13th century. The treatise was first printed in 1493 in Ferrara.


Krachkovskii, I. Iu. Izbr. soch., vol. 4. Moscow-Leningrad, 1957. Page 86.
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