List of Publications

Benno van Dalen, Ph.D.
Former research associate at the Lehrstuhl für Geschichte der Naturwissenschaften, LMU, Munich (Germany).
Former research associate at the Institut für Geschichte der Naturwissenschaften, Goethe Universität, Frankfurt am Main (Germany).

See also: my homepage, curriculum vitae, and description of computer programs.


  1. Ancient and Mediaeval Astronomical Tables: mathematical structure and parameter values. Utrecht (Utrecht University) 1993. ISBN 90-393-0167-0.

Collected studies

  1. Ashgate signature blockIslamic Astronomical Tables. Mathematical Analysis and Historical Investigation. Farnham UK (Ashgate/Variorum), to appear in January 2014. ISBN 978-1-4724-2238-5. See this link on the Ashgate-Variorum website.

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.
  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 François Charette), special issue of Early Science and Medicine 7-3 (2002).
  3. Between Orient and Occident: Transformation of Knowledge (guest editor, with Charles Burnett), special issue of Annals of Science 68-4 (2011).


  1. A Statistical Method for Recovering Unknown Parameters from Medieval Astronomical Tables, Centaurus 32 (1989), pp. 85-145.
  2. A Table for the True Solar Longitude in the Jâmi` Zîj, in: Ad Radices. Festband zum fünfzigjährigen Bestehen des Instituts für Geschichte der Naturwissenschaften der Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main (ed. Anton von Gotstedter), Stuttgart (Franz Steiner) 1994, pp. 171-190.
  3. On Ptolemy's Table for the Equation of Time, Centaurus 37 (1994), pp. 97-153.
  4. Statistics and Medieval Astronomical Tables, in: Images of SMC Research 1996, Amsterdam (SMC) 1996, pp. 167-178.
  5. al-Khwârizmî'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 Samsó), Barcelona (Instituto Millás Vallicrosa de Historia de la Ciencia Arabe) 1996, pp. 195-252.
  6. Article “Shams (the Sun) 2. In astronomy”, in The Encyclopaedia of Islam, new edition, Vol. 9 (1996), pp. 291-294 (fasc. 151-152).
  7. The Chinese-Uighur Calendar in Tûsî's Zîj-i Îlkhânî (with E.S. Kennedy and Mustafa K. Saiyid), Zeitschrift für Geschichte der Arabisch-Islamischen Wissenschaften 11 (1997), pp. 111-152.
  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.
  9. Article “Ta´rîkh 2. Era chronology in astronomical handbooks”, in The Encyclopaedia of Islam, new edition, vol. 10 (2000), pp. 264-271.
  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.
  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.
  12. Origin of the Mean Motion Tables of Jai Singh, Indian Journal of History of Science 35-1 (2000), pp. 41-66.
  13. A Non-Ptolemaic Islamic Star Table in Chinese, in Sic itur ad astra. Studien zur Geschichte der Mathematik und Naturwissenschaften. Festschrift für 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.
  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 Zîj-i Nâsirî  by Mahmûd ibn `Umar. The Earliest Indian-Islamic Astronomical Handbook with Tables and its Relation to the `Alâ'î Zîj, 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 siècle). Actes du colloque tenu à l'Université de Téhéran (7-9 juin 1998) (eds. N. Pourjavady and Z. Vesel), Tehran (Presses Universitaires d'Iran / Institut Français de Recherche en Iran) 2004, pp. 17-28.
  18. A Second Manuscript of the Mumtahan Zîj, Suhayl 4 (2004), pp. 9-44.
  19. Articles “al-Battânî” (vol. 1, pp. 101-103), “Ulugh Beg” (vol. 2, pp. 1262-1263), “Shams al-munajjim al-Wâbkanwî” (vol. 2, pp. 1187-1188), “Yahya ibn Abî Mansûr” (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.
  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.
  21. Re-Editing the Tables in the Sâbi' Zîj by al-Battânî (ca. AD 900) (with Fritz S. Peder­sen), in Mathematics Celestial and Terrestrial. Festschrift für Menso Folkerts zum 65. Geburts­tag (eds. Joseph W. Dauben, Stefan Kirschner, Paul Kunitzsch, Andreas Kühne and Richard P. Lorch), Halle a/d Saale (Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina) 2008, pp. 405–428.
  22. In Memoriam E.S. Kennedy (1912-2009), Historia Mathematica 37 (2010), pp. 159-163.
  23. Al-Battânî's Astrological History of the Prophet and the Early Caliphate (with E.S. Kennedy, George A. Saliba and Julio Samsó), Suhayl 9 (2009-2010), pp. 13-148.

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