Posted by Josefina Rodríguez Arribas
We are officially inaugurating the blog of the Jewish Astrolabes Project with the poster of the exhibition that is taken place at the Warburg Institute (University of London) until January 7th 2013. This exhibition displays the components of any astrolabe and the relations between the astrolabes with Jewish inscriptions and the Hebrew manuscripts describing these instruments between the 13th and 19th centuries.
(Click on the image to enlarge)
Anyone interested in the project can also take a look at the British Museum blog on the project (blog not longer active): http://blog.britishmuseum.org/2011/11/24/looking-for-a-time-machine-astrolabes-in-medieval-jewish-society/
We feel very honoured of having this impressive board of advisors:
Silke Ackermann (Baltic College, Schwerin)
Gad Freudenthal (CNRS, Paris)
Bernard Goldstein (Pittsburg University)
Tzvi Langermann (Bar Ilan University)
Julio Samsó (Universidad de Barcelona)
Shlomo Sela (Bar Ilan University)
Sreeramula Rajeswara Sarma (Aligarh Muslim University)
Flora Vafea (Cairo)
Johannes Thomann (Universität Zürich)
Intriguing topic, and beautiful materials. Are the posters available for purchase/distribution? My Jewish history students would be fascinated.
The poster is available at the webpage of the project (http://warburg.sas.ac.uk/research/projects/jewish-astrolabes/). You can download and print it from there (12MB). We are very glad that you find it interesting for your students. Astrolabes embody several distinctive elements of medieval cosmology and thought.