This Special Issue of Medieval Encounters is based on the papers of the conference on “Astrolabes in Medieval Cultures” held at the Warburg Institute, University of London, on 24–25 April 2014, under the aegis of a three-year research project on “Astrolabes in Jewish Culture.” This project was supported by the British Arts and Humanities Research Council (ah/I003800) and based at the Warburg Institute (Josefina Rodríguez-Arribas and Charles Burnett) with the participation of the British Museum (in its initial stages, Silke Ackermann) and the Museum of the History of Science, Oxford University (Stephen Johnston). The aims of the project were to produce a monograph on the place of the astrolabe in medieval Jewish culture, to draw up an illustrated catalogue of the instruments, and to edit and translate one of the Hebrew treatises on the use and construction of astrolabes. All three aims are nearing completion. In this context it seemed opportune to bring together scholars and students interested in the instrument, its history, and its literature, in which experienced and new scholars could update the knowledge so far available in this field. We were interested in all periods and cultures, and in all kinds of approaches, but especially those
Medieval Encounters – Brill
Published: Sep 22, 2017
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