Abu Rayhan al-Biruni, who flourished at the end of the 10th and the beginning of the 11th century CE, was a famous Central Asian astronomer, mathematician and polymath. His book known in English as “The Chronology of Ancient Nations” is probably the most important book ever on the history of calendars and technical and historical chronology. In our workshop we will be examining different aspects of this work, and also of his great astronomical compendium “al-Qanun al-Mas’udi”.
The aim of the ERC Calendars project workshops is to share, discuss, and broaden our research with colleagues from the wider, international academic community. Our workshops are open to anyone interested.
9:30 Registration and coffee
9:55 Welcome and introduction
10:00 François de Blois (UCL): The new edition of al-Biruni’s ‘Chronology’: work in progress
11:00 Eleonora Bacchi (Bologna): The manuscript tradition of al-Biruni’s 'al-Qanun al-Masʻudi'
12.00 coffee break
12.15 Raymond Mercier (Cambridge): Al-Biruni and the astronomy of 'al-Qanun al-Mas’udi'
14.15 Frantz Grenet (Collège de France): Al-Biruni as a source for Chorasmian history
15:00 Carole Hillenbrand (St Andrews): Al-Biruni on Islamic history
16.00 tea break
16:20 Robert Hillenbrand (St Andrews): The miniatures in the Edinburgh manuscript of al-Biruni’s ‘Chronology’
17.20 Concluding discussion
18:00 end of workshop
James Montgomery (Cambridge) will attend as a discussant.