• Emilia Calvo
Reference work entry

Al‐Majrīṭī Abū‐l āsim Maslama ibn Aḥmad al‐Faraḍī was born in Madrid, Spain in the second half of the tenth century and died in Cordoba ca. AD 1007. He settled early in Cordoba where he studied with Abū Ayyūb ibn ˓Abd al‐Gāfir ibn Muḥammad and Abū Bakr ibn Abī ˓Īsà. He was engaged in making astronomical observations in about AD 979; he may have served as court astrologer.

He had a number of disciples who made his work known throughout the provinces of Spain. Among them were al‐Kirmānī (d. AD 1066); Abū‐l‐Qāsim Aṣbagh, known as Ibn al‐Samḥ (d. AD 1035) who is the author of a treatise on the construction and use of the astrolabe in 130 chapters and of the Book of the Plates of the Seven Planets, of which the original Arabic version is lost. [However, it was translated into Spanish and included in the Libros del Saber de Astronomía;] Abū‐1‐Qāsim Aḥmad known as Ibn al‐ṣaffār (d. AD 1034), who is the author of a treatise on the astrolabe attributed in its Latin version to al‐Majrīṭī; Ibn...

This is a preview of subscription content, log in to check access.


  1. Neugebauer, O. The Astronomical Tables of al‐Khwārizmī (Translation with Commentaries of the Latin Version). Ed. H. Suter. Supplemented by Corpus Christi College Ms 283. Copenhagen: I Kommission hos Munksgaard, 1962.Google Scholar
  2. Samsó, Julio. Las ciencias de los Antiguos en al‐Andalus. Madrid: Mapfre, 1992. 84–98.Google Scholar
  3. Suter, H. Die Astronomischen Tafeln des Muḥammed ibn Mūṣa al‐Khwārizmī in der bearbeitung des Maslama ibn Aḥmed al‐Madjrīṭī und der latein. Uebersetzung des Athelard von Bath. Copenhagen: A. F. Høst & Son, 1914.Google Scholar
  4. Vernet, Juan. Al‐Majrīṭī. Dictionary of Scientific Biography. Vol. 9. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1974. 39–40.Google Scholar
  5. ‐‐‐. Al‐Majrīṭī. Encyclopédie de l'Islam. 2nd ed. Vol. 5. Leiden/Paris: E. J. Brill/G. P. Maisonneuve, 1986. 1105.Google Scholar
  6. Vernet, Juan and M. A. Catalá. Las obras matemáticas de Maslama de Madrid. Al‐Andalus 30 (1965): 15–45.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg New York 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • Emilia Calvo

There are no affiliations available