Astrology
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Modern scholarship has not yet produced a comprehensive study on the role of astrology (Ar. aḥkām al-nujūm) in Jewish culture in Arab lands, but there can be little doubt that the majority of both educated and uneducated, well-off and poorer Jews in the Arabic-speaking world subscribed to some kind of belief in the influence of the celestial bodies on the sublunar world, and in the possibility of predicting future events by interpreting the stars. A vivid impression of the cultural omnipresence of astrology in daily life emerges from documents found in the Cairo Geniza, where the sobriq…

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Reimund Leicht, “Astrology”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 17 November 2017
First published online: 2010



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