Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers

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Amājūr Family

  • İhsan Fazlıoğlu
Reference work entry

Flourishedlate 9th/early 10th century

The Amājūr Family includes Abū al-QāsimҁAbd Allāh ibn Amājūr al-Turkī al-Harawī, his son Abū al-Ḥasan ҁAlī, a certainҁAlī ҁAbd Allāh ibn Amājūr, and Abū al- Ḥasan’s freed slave Mufliḥ ibn Yūsuf. They are known for their extensive observational astronomical work, and for compiling the results of these observations into several zījes (astronomical handbooks). It is said that they were assisted in their observations by a large group of people.

There is little information about the Amājūr Family’s lives in either historical or modern sources. There is also some ambiguity about their names and identities.  Ibn Yūnus refers to the father as al-Turkī and mentions another person as having assisted him in doing the astronomical observations along with his son and his slave. Ibn al-Qifṭī, though, refers to Abū al-Qāsim as al-Ḥarawī from the city of Herat; he informs us that the son Abū al-Ḥasan ҁAlī was raised by his father, who had educated him in the...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Istanbul UniversityIstanbulTurkey