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Sahl and the Tājika Yogas: Indian transformations of Arabic astrology

Publiceringsår: 2011
Språk: Engelska
Sidor: 531-546
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: Annals of Science
Volym: 68
Dokumenttyp: Artikel


This paper offers a positive identification of Sahl ibn Bishr’s Kitāb al-ʾaḥkām ʿalā ʾn-niṣba al-falakiyya as the Arabic source text for what is perhaps the most characteristic feature of the medieval Perso-Indian style of astrology known as tājika: the sixteen yogas or types of planetary configurations. The dependence of two late sixteenth-century tājika works in Sanskrit – Nīlakaṇṭha’s Tājikanīlakaṇṭhī and Gaṇeśa’s Tājikabhūṣaṇa – on Sahl, presumably through one or more intermediary texts, is demonstrated by a comparison of the terminology and examples employed; and the Indian reception of Arabic astrology is discussed, including reinterpretations of technical terms occasioned partly by corrupt transmission.



  • Philosophy and Religion
  • Sahl
  • Tajika
  • Sanskrit
  • Arabic
  • astrology
  • Nilakantha
  • Tajikabhusana
  • Tajikanilakanthi


  • ISSN: 0003-3790

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