List of Publications

by Benno van Dalen
Research leader of the project Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus
at the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities (Munich, Germany).


  1. Ancient and Mediaeval Astronomical Tables: mathematical structure and parameter values. Utrecht (Utrecht University) 1993. ISBN 90-393-0167-0. Download.
  2. Ptolemaic Tradition and Islamic Innovation: the Astronomical Tables of Kūshyār ibn Labbān, Turnhout: Brepols, 2021. [Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus Texts 2.]  Download.

Collected studies

  1. Ashgate signature blockIslamic Astronomical Tables. Mathematical Analysis and Historical Investigation. Farnham UK (Ashgate/Variorum), 2014. ISBN 978-1-4724-2238-5. See this link on the Routledge website. Now available in paperback for a third of the price.

Edited volumes

  1. From China to Paris: 2000 Years Transmission of Mathematical Ideas (editor, with Yvonne Dold-Samplonius, Joseph W. Dauben and Menso Folkerts), Boethius 46, Stuttgart (Steiner) 2002. Download.
  2. Certainty, Doubt, Error: Aspects of the Practice of Pre- and Early Modern Science in Honour of David A. King (editor, with Sonja Brentjes and Franois Charette), special issue of Early Science and Medicine 7/3 (2002). Publisher link. JSTOR link.
  3. Between Orient and Occident: Transformation of Knowledge (guest editor, with Charles Burnett), special issue of Annals of Science 68/4 (2011). Publisher link.
  4. Ptolemy’s Science of the Stars in the Middle Ages (editor, with David Juste, Dag Nikolaus ‎Hasse and Charles Burnett), Turnhout: Brepols, 2020. [Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus — ‎Studies 1.]‎ Publisher link with downloads. Smaller download from the PAL website.
  5. Editing and Analysing Numerical Tables: Towards a Digital Information System for ‎the History of Astral Sciences (editor, with Matthieu Husson and Clemency Montelle), Turnhout: Brepols,  2021. [Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus Studies 2.]‎ Publisher link with downloads. Smaller download from the PAL website.


  1. A Statistical Method for Recovering Unknown Parameters from Medieval Astronomical Tables, Centaurus 32 (1989), pp. 85-145. DOI  link.
  2. A Table for the True Solar Longitude in the Jmi` Zj, in: Ad Radices. Festband zum fnfzigjhrigen Bestehen des Instituts fr Geschichte der Naturwissenschaften der Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universitt Frankfurt am Main (ed. Anton von Gotstedter), Stuttgart (Franz Steiner) 1994, pp. 171-190. Download.
  3. On Ptolemy's Table for the Equation of Time, Centaurus 37 (1994), pp. 97-153. DOI link.
  4. Statistics and Medieval Astronomical Tables, in: Images of SMC Research 1996, Amsterdam (SMC) 1996, pp. 167-178. Download.
  5. al-Khwrizm's Astronomical Tables Revisited: Analysis of the Equation of Time, in: From Baghdad to Barcelona. Studies on the Islamic Exact Sciences in Honour of Prof. Juan Vernet (eds. Josep Casulleras and Julio Sams), Barcelona (Instituto Mills Vallicrosa de Historia de la Ciencia Arabe) 1996, pp. 195-252. Download.  [For an updated Spanish version of Sections 2 to 4, see item no. 25 below.]
  6. Article “al-Shams (the Sun) 2. In astronomy”, in The Encyclopaedia of Islam, new edition, Vol. 9 (1996), pp. 291-294 (fasc. 151-152). DOI link.
  7. The Chinese-Uighur Calendar in Ts's Zj-i lkhn (with E.S. Kennedy and Mustafa K. Saiyid), Zeitschrift fr Geschichte der Arabisch-Islamischen Wissenschaften 11 (1997), pp. 111-152. Download.
  8. Islamic Astronomy in China during the Yuan and Ming Dynasties (translation and partial revision of a chapter from a book by Kiyosi Yabuuti), Historia Scientiarium 7 (1997), pp. 11-43. Download.
  9. Article “al-Ta’rkh 2. Era chronology in astronomical handbooks”, in The Encyclopaedia of Islam, new edition, vol. 10 (2000), pp. 264-271. DOI link.
  10. Islamic Astronomy in China: Two New Sources for the Huihui li (“Islamic Calendar”) (with Michio Yano), in Highlights of Astronomy, vol. 11B (ed. J. Andersen), Dordrecht (Reidel) 1998, pp. 697-700. Download.
  11. Tables of Planetary Latitude in the “Huihui li” - Part II, in Current Perspectives in the History of Science in East Asia (eds. Yung Sik Kim and Francesca Bray), Seoul (Seoul National University Press) 1999, pp. 315-329. Download. Together with the accompanying article by Michio Yano: download.
  12. Origin of the Mean Motion Tables of Jai Singh, Indian Journal of History of Science 35 (2000), pp. 41-66. Download.
  13. A Non-Ptolemaic Islamic Star Table in Chinese, in Sic itur ad astra. Studien zur Geschichte der Mathematik und Naturwissenschaften. Festschrift fr Paul Kunitzsch zum 70. Geburtstag (eds. Menso Folkerts and Richard P. Lorch), Wiesbaden (Harrassowitz) 2000, pp. 147-176.
  14. Islamic and Chinese Astronomy under the Mongols: a Little-Known Case of Transmission, in From China to Paris: 2000 Years Transmission of Mathematical Ideas (Yvonne Dold-Samplonius, Joseph W. Dauben, Menso Folkerts and Benno van Dalen, editors), Boethius 46, Stuttgart (Steiner) 2002, pp. 327-356. Download.
  15. Islamic Astronomical Tables in China. The Sources for the Huihui li, in History of Oriental Astronomy. Proceedings of the Joint Discussion-17 at the 23rd General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union, organised by the Commission 41 (History of Astronomy), held in Kyoto, August 25-26, 1997 (S.M. Razaullah Ansari, editor), Dordrecht (Kluwer) 2002, pp. 19-31.
  16. The Zj-i Nsir by Mahmd ibn `Umar. The Earliest Indian-Islamic Astronomical Handbook with Tables and its Relation to the `Al’ Zj, in Studies in the History of the Exact Sciences in Honour of David Pingree (Charles Burnett, Jan Hogendijk, Kim Plofker and Michio Yano, eds.), Leiden (Brill) 2004, pp. 825-862.
  17. The Activities of Iranian Astronomers in Mongol China, in Sciences, Techniques et Instruments dans le monde Iranien (Xe-XIXe sicle). Actes du colloque tenu l'Universit de Thran (7-9 juin 1998) (eds. N. Pourjavady and Z. Vesel), Tehran (Presses Universitaires d'Iran / Institut Franais de Recherche en Iran) 2004, pp. 17-28. Download.
  18. A Second Manuscript of the Mumtahan Zj, Suhayl 4 (2004), pp. 9-44. Download.
  19. Articles “al-Battn’ (vol. 1, pp. 101-103), “Ulugh Beg” (vol. 2, pp. 1262-1263), “Shams al-munajjim al-Wbkanw” (vol. 2, pp. 1187-1188), “Yahya ibn Ab Mansr” (vol. 2, pp. 1249-1250), and “Zhamaluding” (vol. 2, pp. 1262-1263), in Biographical Encyclopaedia of Astronomers (eds. Thomas A. Hockey, F. Jamil Ragep, et al.), Berlin (Springer) 2007. Second edition in 4 volumes: 2014. Third edition in preparation. Link to all articles on Islamic astronomers from the 1st edition.
  20. An Index of Authors to A Survey of the Scientific Manuscripts in the Egyptian National Library (with David A. King), Suhayl 7 (2007), pp. 9-46. DownloadSearchable Unicode version.
  21. Re-Editing the Tables in the Sbi’ Zj by al-Battn (ca. AD 900) (with Fritz S. Pedersen), in Mathematics Celestial and Terrestrial Festschrift fr Menso Folkerts zum 65. Geburtstag (eds. Joseph W. Dauben, Stefan Kirschner, Paul Kunitzsch, Andreas Khne and Richard P. Lorch), Halle a/d Saale (Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina) 2008, pp. 405-428. Download.
  22. In Memoriam E.S. Kennedy (1912-2009), Historia Mathematica 37 (2010), pp. 159-163. Download.
  23. Al-Battn's Astrological History of the Prophet and the Early Caliphate (with E.S. Kennedy, George A. Saliba and Julio Sams), Suhayl 9 (2009/10), pp. 13-148. Download.
  24. The Malikī Calendar in the Dustūr al-munajjimīn, in Science in the City of Fortune. The Dustūr al-munajjimīn and Its World (eds. Eva Orthmann and Petra G. Schmidl), Berlin (EB-Verlag Dr. Brandt), 2017, pp. 117-135. Publisher link for the book.
  25. Las tablas astronmicas islmicas en al-ndalus: el Sindhind Ziy de al-Juarizmi,Awraq ‎‎17/18 (2018, published in 2020), pp. 95–116. [Updated Spanish translation of Sections 2 ‎to 4 of my article ‘al-Khwārizmī’s Astronomical Tables Revisited’ (1996).]‎ Download.
  26. In Memoriam Paul Kunitzsch (with Memories by Richard Lorch and a list of publications), Suhayl 18 (2020/21), pp. 277-296. Download.
  27. In Memoriam: Richard P. Lorch (1942–2021) (with Henry Zepeda and Menso Folkerts), Historia Mathematica 58 (2022), pp. 7-16. Download from Science Direct.
  28. The Geographical Table in the Shāmil Zīj: Tackling a 13th-century Arabic Source with the Aid ‎of a Computer Database, in Editing and Analysing Numerical Tables: Towards a Digital Information System for ‎the History of Astral Sciences (eds. Matthieu Husson, Clemency Montelle and Benno van Dalen), Turnhout: Brepols, 2021, pp. 511-566. Download.
  29. Commentary on the Horoscope of Iskandar Sultan: An Introduction to Islamic Mathematical Astrology, Zeitschrift fr Geschichte der Arabisch-Islamischen Wissenschaften 23 (2022), pp. 1-104.   Download.

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