Encyclopaedia of Islam, First Edition (1913-1936)

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(Vega) (al-Nasr al-wāḳiʿ). The Arabic name al-Nasr al-wāḳiʿ “the falling eagle” — in Latin always reproduced as Vultur cadens, in Greek γὺψ καθειμένοΣ, although nasr is undoubtedly the eagle not the vulture — is the name first of the brightest star (first magnitude) α in the constellation of the Lyre and secondly of the whole constellation of the Lyre itself. The name Vega, a corruption of wāḳiʿ is found in this form as early as the Alfonsine Tables e. g. “Lucida super pupillam deferentem et est Alohore et dicitur Wega”. The expression pupilla deferens which here occurs for the first ti…

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Hartner, Willy, “Wega”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, First Edition (1913-1936), Edited by M. Th. Houtsma, T.W. Arnold, R. Basset, R. Hartmann. Consulted online on 06 July 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-871X_ei1_SIM_5978>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004082656, 1913-1936

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