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ISLAMIC Astrology And Astronomy

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« Reply #45 on: May 29, 2009, 08:53:59 am »

                                                           Arab And Persian Astrology

Persian Astrology has its roots in the Zend-Avesta, parts of which are very similar to the Rig Veda.

Much of the ancient cosmology of Persia/Iran has been lost because of the advent of the Koran and the systematic destruction of Pre-Islamic libraries.

Nevertheless the ancient texts in the Zend-Avesta hold a lot of information of Persian Astrology.

Many of the reverences in the Zoroastrian prayers in the Yasna are made to cosmological energies
of the various constellations. Some of the science of the pre-Islamic Iran did eventually appear again amongst Islamic scientists.

Much of the survival of classical sciences like astronomy, mathematics, geography and philosophy in
the Western world is because it was preserved and used by the Muslim world from about the 8th Century, when Europe was going through its Dark Ages. Astrology, being linked to astronomy at this stage, was also one of those disciplines preserved.

The earliest semantic distinction between astronomy and astrology was given by the Persian astro-
nomer and astrologer Abu Rayhan al-Biruni circa 1000.
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