Dissertation

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My dissertation is a study of the transmission and reception of Alcabitius’s Introduction to Astrology. First composed in tenth-century Aleppo, the work became one of the most influential texts on astrology in medieval and early modern Europe. Through an examination of different forms of readership (translations, annotations, commentaries, and materialities) I demonstrate how attitudes and perceptions of Arabic astrology shifted (or remained stable) among diverse groups of medieval and early modern readers in Europe. By comparing this evidence, drawn from both the Latin manuscript tradition and printed versions of the text, with a contextualized study of the Arabic original, I show how the astrological tradition in Europe emerged and evolved by assimilating and adapting Islamic ideas.

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