Encyclopaedia of Islam, First Edition (1913-1936)

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Banū Mūsā
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, more precisely Banū Mūsā b. S̲h̲ākir, the usual name for the three brothers Abū Ḏj̲aʿfar Muḥammad, Abu ’l-Ḳāsim Aḥmad and al-Ḥasan b. Mūsā b. S̲h̲ākir, who made a reputation under the ʿAbbāsids from al-Maʾmūn to al-Mutawakkil as mathematicians, astronomers and technicians and also at times played a part in politics. The father is said to have begun life as a bandit in Ḵh̲urāsān, then to have become an astronomer and geometer. We have no means of testing such stories or learning how a bandit could become an astronomer. If we assume however that Mūsā b. S̲h̲ākir like Muḥammad b. Mūsā al-Ḵh̲wār…

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Ruska, J., “Banū Mūsā”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, First Edition (1913-1936), Edited by M. Th. Houtsma, T.W. Arnold, R. Basset, R. Hartmann. Consulted online on 13 August 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-871X_ei1_SIM_4889>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004082656, 1913-1936



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