How the Muslim Prayer Led to Modern Astronomy

Episode 6 of the second golden age

Published in: Science
Date: 13 / 03 / 19

Muslim prayer? Astronomy? What's one got to do with the other?

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While the Greeks and Indians were well versed with Astronomy as the night sky has intrigued humanity since millennia. But it would have never evolved to what it is today, had it not been for the Muslim World. There was a big leap from Ancient astronomy which was founded on vague philosophical ideas and hardly distinguishable from folk astrology to Mathematically consistent physical science that we now call Modern Astronomy. Did you know when this big leap took place in history?

The Golden Age of Islam or the First Scientific Revolution was the time when Astronomy put on a new cloak. One that would change our view of the universe forever.

But here comes the interesting part ! Did you know that the afternoon prayer for Muslims was instrumental in this revolution? 

Sabreen Syeed

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