Kitab Al-Hiyal ‘The Book of Ingenious Devices’.

Ibn Shakir, The Banu (Sons of) Musa.

Book ID: 29273


4to. xi, 22 pp., of English text (introduction), 442 pp., of Arabic text, 20 b/w plates, 103 figures, biblio, edited by Ahmad Y. Al-Hassan, with the collaboration of Mohammad ‘Ali Khayyata & Mustafa Ta’muri, publisher’s original wrappers, slightly soiled & rubbed, index, otherwise copy clean inside & in very good condition. Sources and Studies in the History of Arabic-Islamic Science. History of Technology, Series No 3. Book published on the occasion of the beginning of the fifteenth century of Hijra. Institute for the History of Arabic Science, University of Aleppo, 1981.


This publication highlights one of the outstanding Muslim contributions of the past in the field of mechanical sciences. It is an analysis of Kitab al-Hiyal from the point of view of modern systems and control engineering. Magic cups, automatic control mechanisms, oil lamps, fountains, and other devices described in the book will interest the layman as well.

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