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Abū Maʿshar al-Balkhī
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Abū Maʿshar al-Balkhī, Jaʿfar b. Muḥammad b. ʿUmar (19 Ṣafar 171–28 Ramaḍān 272/10 August 787–9 March 886), was a Persian astrologer. His name is recorded as Apomasar, Albumasar or such like names in old and modern European sources (Pingree, EIR, 1/337). The above date of birth, which is derived from the astrological birth chart in Abū Maʿshar's Aḥkām taḥwīl sinī al-mawālīd, is not entirely certain (Ullmann, 316). There is also some doubt over his date of death: in contrast to Ibn al-Nadīm (p. 335)…

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Dianat, Abu'l Hasan, Negahban, Farzin and Translated by Fatemeh Teimuri, “Abū Maʿshar al-Balkhī”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 30 May 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_COM_0105>
First published online: 2015

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