Abu Ma'shar al-Balkhi
Mathematician, Deceased Person
0787 – 0886
Who was Abu Ma'shar al-Balkhi?
Abū Maʿshar, Jaʿfar ibn Muḥammad al-Balkhī, was a Persian astrologer, astronomer, and Islamic philosopher, thought to be the greatest astrologer of the Abbasid court in Baghdad. He was not a major innovator and as an astrologer he was not intellectually rigorous. Nevertheless, he wrote a number of practical manuals on astrology that profoundly influenced Muslim intellectual history and, through translations, that of western Europe and Byzantium.
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