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Sahl and the Tājika Yogas: Indian transformations of Arabic astrology

Gansten, Martin LU and Wikander, Ola LU (2011) In Annals of Science 68. p.531-546
Abstract
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.
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Sahl, Tajika, Sanskrit, Arabic, astrology, Nilakantha, Tajikabhusana, Tajikanilakanthi
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Annals of Science
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68
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531 - 546
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Taylor & Francis
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0003-3790
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10.1080/00033790.2010.533349
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English
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  author       = {Gansten, Martin and Wikander, Ola},
  issn         = {0003-3790},
  keyword      = {Sahl,Tajika,Sanskrit,Arabic,astrology,Nilakantha,Tajikabhusana,Tajikanilakanthi},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {531--546},
  publisher    = {Taylor & Francis},
  series       = {Annals of Science},
  title        = {Sahl and the Tājika Yogas: Indian transformations of Arabic astrology},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00033790.2010.533349},
  volume       = {68},
  year         = {2011},
}