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    DescriptionLunar calendars suffer from an inherent uncertainty in the length of each month and the number of months in the year. Variable atmospheric conditions, weather and the acuity of the eye of an observer mean that the first sighting of the new moon crescent can never be known in advance. Calendars which rely on such observations to define the beginning of a new month therefore suffer from this lack of certainty as to whether a month will begin on a given day or the next. The papers in this volume address the question of how ancient and medieval societies lived with the uncertainties of a lunar calendar. How did lack of foreknowledge of the beginning of the month impact upon administration, the planning of festivals, and historical record keeping? Did societies replace the observation of the new moon crescent with schematic calendars or calendars based upon astronomical calculations and what were the ideological and practical consequences of such a change? The contributors to this volume address these topics from the perspectives of a variety of Ancient Near Eastern, Jewish, Ancient and Medieval European, Asian and American cultures.


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    Title
    Living the Lunar Calendar
    Authors and contributors
    Edited by John M. Steele, Edited by Jonathan Ben-Dov, Edited by Wayne Horowitz
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 350
    Width: 172 mm
    Height: 240 mm
    Thickness: 26 mm
    Weight: 962 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781842174814
    ISBN 10: 1842174819
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25520
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SCI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S7.6
    BIC subject category V2: HDD
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 05
    Libri: I-HP
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/MEDIVL, CHRN/ANCIEN
    B&T Merchandise Category: SCI
    B&T General Subject: 710
    BISAC V2.8: SCI034000
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037010, HIS002000, SCI004000
    BIC subject category V2: PGZ
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    BISAC V2.8: SCI066000
    DC22: 529.3, 529/.3
    BISAC V2.8: HIS054000
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    DC23: 529.3
    LC classification: CE25 .L59 2012
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: NHTB, PDX, NKD, PGZ
    Publisher
    Oxbow Books
    Imprint name
    Oxbow Books
    Publication date
    15 June 2012
    Publication City/Country
    Oxford