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Astronomy / American Scientist in Beirut: اكتشاف مسألة جديدة من الجغرافيا الرياضية اي علم هيئة الارض

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[Observation of the New Problem of Mathematical Geography, i.e. the Science of the Earth’s Sphere]

 

An exceedingly rare treatise on the length of the day in various parts of the Earth, written by an Arab / Libyan scholar Muhammad Kamal al-Tarabulsi with an introduction of a Beirut-based American scholar Robert West

8°. 23 pp. with illustrations, printed in yellow and red, original blue wrappers with lettering; stapled (wrappers slightly stained and dusty with a small loss of paper in one corner inside in a good, clean condition).

 

 

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This rare book on the length of the day in various parts of the Earth, accompanied with charming illustrations, printed in colour, was issued in Arabic language by the Jesuit Press in Beirut, the capital of the Ottoman vilayet of Syria. The author was Muhammad Kamal al-Tarabulsi (1830-1897), a Muslim scholar, born in Zawiya, Libya. He was schooled in Tripoli and later in Al-Azhar Mosque in Cairo, specializing in Islamic law.

The letter of the introduction (title page verso) was written by an American scholar Robert Haldane West (1862-1906), who arrived to Beirut in 1883, aged 21. He eventually became a professor of astronomy and mathematics, director of the Lee Observatory, principal of the Preparatory Department and finally dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. The West Hall at the American University in Beirut is named after him. (Lynn Mahoney, History of West Hall, online source: https://www.aub.edu.lb/SAO/Documents/history-west.pdf).

The book is very rare. We could not find any institutional examples in Worldcat.

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