Dr. S. Mohammad Mozaffari
General InformationMohammad Mozaffari is an historian of astronomy in the medieval Islamic period, Ph.D. He is an assistant professor and head of the Department of History of Astronomy in the Research Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics of Maragha (RIAAM), Maragha, Iran. His research interests are solar, lunar, and planetary models and parameters in ancient and medieval astronomy, ancient and medieval observational astronomy, ancient and medieval mathematical astronomy, applied history of astronomy, astronomy in cultural context and ethnoasatronomy, ancient and medieval astronomical instrumentation.
Short Curriculum Vitae
- March 2012–present: Research Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics of Maragha (RIAAM), Iran
- Ph.D.: History of Science in Islamic World, 2012. Institute for Humanities & Cultural Studies, Tehran, Iran. Thesis: Studies on the Innovations in the Mathematical Astronomy (Compiling the Tables) and Observational Astronomy (Instrumentation and Data Analysis) in the Marāgha Observatory
- M.Sc.: History of Science (Astronomy in Islamic World), 2007. University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran. Dissertation: Mathematical Basis and Functions of Astrolabe with Focus on Old
Texts: “Projection of Astrolabe” by Muhyiddin al-Maghribi
- B.S.: Physiotherapy, 2003. Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran
- Mozaffari, Seyyed Mohammad, “Annular eclipses and the considerations about the solar and lunar angular diameters in the medieval astronomy”, In: W. Orchiston, D. A. Green, and R. Strom (eds.), New Insights From Recent Studies in Historical Astronomy: Following in the Footsteps of F.
Richard Stephenson, New York: Springer, 2015, pp. 119–142 (ISBN 9783319076133).
- Mozaffari, Seyyed Mohammad and Steele, John M., “Solar and lunar observations at Istanbul in the 1570s”, Archive for History of Exact Sciences, 69, 2015, pp. 343–362.
- Mozaffari, Seyyed Mohammad and Zotti, Georg, “Bīrūnī’s telescopicshape instrument for observing the lunar crescent”, Suhayl, 14, 2015, pp. 167–188.
- Mozaffari, Seyyed Mohammad, “A forgotten solar model”, Archive for History of Exact Sciences, 70, 2016, pp. 267–291.
- Mozaffari, Seyyed Mohammad, “Planetary latitudes in medieval Islamic astronomy: an analysis of the non-Ptolemaic latitude parameter values in the Maragha and Samarqand astronomical traditions”, Archive for History of Exact Sciences, 70, 2016, pp. 513–541.
- Mozaffari, Seyyed Mohammad, “Astronomy and politics: three case studies on the service of astrology to society”, In: M.A. Rappenglück, B. Rappenglück, N. Campion, and F. Silva (eds.), Astronomy and Power: How Worlds Are Structured; Proceedings of the SEAC 2010 Conference, Oxford: British Archaeological Reports, 2016, pp. 241–246 (ISBN 9781407314419). The more complete and slightly improved version of No. 3.
- Mozaffari, Seyyed Mohammad, “A medieval bright star table: the non-Ptolemaic star table in the Īlkhānī Zīj”, Journal for the History of Astronomy, 47, 2016, pp. 294–316.
- Mozaffari, Seyyed Mohammad, “A revision of the star tables in the Mumta¬an zīj”, Suhayl, 15, 2017, pp. 67–100.
- Mozaffari, Seyyed Mohammad, “Holding or breaking with Ptolemy’s generalization: considerations about the motion of the planetary apsidal lines in medieval Islamic astronomy”, Science in Context, 30, 2017, pp. 1–32.