Samarasiṃha and the Early Transmission of Tājika Astrology

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One of the earliest preserved Sanskrit works on Perso-Arabic (Tājika) astrology, the thirteenth-century Karmaprakāśa of Samarasiṃha (also known as the Manuṣyajātaka, Tājikatantrasāra or Gaṇakabhūṣaṇa), is examined with particular attention to subgenre, distinctive content and likely Arabic-language sources. On the basis of a comparison of the extant text of the Karmaprakāśa with excerpts attributed to Samarasiṃha by later Tājika writers, conclusions are drawn with regard to other works, now lost or misattributed, by the same author.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)79-132
JournalJournal of South Asian Intellectual History
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • History of Religions
  • History of Ideas

Free keywords

  • Samarasiṃha
  • astrology
  • Indian astrology
  • Tājika astrology
  • astral sciences


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