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Albumazar (or Abu-Maaschar) (805-885 C.E.)

Albumazar (or Abu-Maaschar) (805-885 C.E.)

Arabian astrologer of the ninth century. Born in Balkh, he lived in Baghdad and was known principally for his astrological treatise entitled Thousands of Years, in which he declares that the world could only have been created when the seven planets were in conjunction in the first degree of Aries, and that the end of the world will take place when these seven planets (the number has now risen to twelve) will be together in the last degree of Pisces. His treatises include De Magnis Conjunctionibus (Augsburg, 1489), Introductorium in Astronomian (Venice, 1506), and Flores Astrologici (Augsburg, 1488). He died at Wasid, Central Asia.

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McIntosh, Christopher. The Astrologers and Their Creed: An Historical Outline. New York: Frederick A. Praeger, 1969.

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Albumazar

Albumazar (äl´bōōmä´zər), 805?–885, Arab astronomer, more fully Abu-Mashar Jafar ibn Muhammad. In his De magnis conjunctionibus he claimed that the world had been created when the seven planets were in conjunction in the first degree of the constellation Aries and that its end would come when they should be in conjunction again in the last degree of Pisces. In his astronomical tables he used the Persian calculations of the years and pointed out that they did not follow the Jews' reckoning of time.

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