Razieh-Sadat Mousavi

Razieh-Sadat Mousavi

Predoctoral Fellow (Sep 2017-Jun 2020)

Razieh-Sadat Mousavi is a doctoral candidate in history of science at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Her dissertation focuses on an Arabic astronomical treatise called the Elements of Astronomy by the renowned ninth-century scholar Abū al-ʿAbbās Aḥmad ibn Muḥammad ibn Kathīr al-Farghānī (Alfraganus). The overarching goal of her research is the investigation of textual forms as mobile carriers of different practices of historical epistemology. A central question of her study will concern the distinctly integrative nature of al-Farghānī's work. While other authors of the ninth century not only kept Ptolemaic and non-Ptolemaic themes apart, but dedicated their writings primarily to single Ptolemaic problems, al-Farghānī drew on separate knowledge traditions unifying them around a Ptolemaic nucleus. Her study is supported by SFB 980 "Episteme in Motion, Transfer of Knowledge from the Ancient World to the Early Modern Period", Project B06: Premodern Cosmological Formations of Knowledge.

Holding a BSc in pure mathematics and a MA in history of science from the University of Tehran, Ms. Mousavi has previously worked on astronomical instrumentation and the relation between science, religion, and power under the Safavid dynasty (1502–1722). In general, she is interested in the history of cosmology and exploring mathematical and graphical knowledge as employed by medieval scholars for modelling the configuration of the universe.

During her stay as a pre-doctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute, Ms. Mousavi will pursue her doctoral degree under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Jürgen Renn and the co-supervision of PD Dr. Sonja Brentjes.

Selected Publications

Mousavi, R.-S. (2016). Jāme Gītīnomā (introducing an Islamic instrument for finding Qibla). Tārīkh-e ʿelm: Iranian journal for the history of science, 16, 17-40.


Presentations, Talks, & Teaching Activities

An Iranian Quadrant for Finding Qibla

XXXV Scientific Instrument Symposium (Instruments between East and West). University of Istanbul

Mathematical Methods in Ghiyāth al-Dīn Manṣūr Dashtakī’s Treatise

Conference on History of Science: Islam, Europe and China. University of Tehran and Mathematics Department, Utrecht University