Ṣāҁid al-Andalusī: Abū l-Qāsim Ṣāҁid ibn abī l-Walīd Aḥmad Ibn ҁAbd al-Raḥmān ibn Muḥammad ibn Ṣāҁid al-Taghlibī al-Qurṭubī
BornAlmería, (Spain), 1029
DiedToledo, (Spain), July or August 1070
Ṣāҁid al-Andalusī was a Muslim historian, historian of science and thought, and mathematical scientist with an especial interest in astronomy. Given the near-total loss of his astronomical writings, his claim to recognition in science largely rests on his encouragement and possibly patronage – in his capacity as a well-placed functionary at the Toledan court – of a group of young precision instrument makers and scientists, the most renowned of whom was Azarquiel (i.e., Zarqālī). The precise extent of his involvement in the compilation of the Toledan Tables – widely disseminated in Latin Europe during subsequent centuries – remains uncertain, owing to the Tables’ deficient manuscript tradition and to the fragmentariness of biobibliographic data.
Following in the footsteps of his paternal family, Ṣāҁid pursued the career of a legal official, having received a solid education in the Islamic religious disciplines; in...
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