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ʿAbd al‐Wājid

ʿAbd al‐Wājid
Academic background
InfluencesMaragheh observatory, Muḥammad ibn Ḥamza al‐Fanārī, Jaghmīnī, Nasir al-Din al-Tusi, Qutb al-Din al-Shirazi[1]
Academic work
Main interestsAstronomy

Badr al‐Dīn ʿAbd al‐Wājid (or Wāḥid) ibn Muḥammad ibn Muḥammad al‐Ḥanafī (born in Mashhad, Iran – 1434 Kütahya, Turkey) was a notable astronomer who taught in the Ottoman Demirkapi Madrasa -- a school for astronomical observation and instruction that was later renamed to the Wājidiyya Madrasa in his honor.[1]

With Qutb al-Din al-Shirazi, he brought the influence of the Maragheh observatory to Anatolia.[1]


  • Sharḥ al‐Mulakhkhaṣ fī al‐hayʾa ("A commentary on the Compendium of Astronomy"), a commentary on Jaghmīnī's famous work. Dedicated to Sultan Murād II.
  • Sharḥ Sī faṣl, a commentary on Ṭūsī's Persian work of astronomy. Translated into Turkish by Ahmed‐i Dāʿī.
  • Maʿālim al‐awqāt wa‐sharḥuhu, a work in the use of astrolabe written in verse using 552 couplets. Dedicated to Muḥammad Shāh (d. 1406), the son of al‐Fanārī (d. 1431).[1]



  • Topdemir, Hüseyin (2007). "ʿAbd al‐Wājid: Badr al‐Dīn ʿAbd al‐Wājid [Wāḥid] ibn Muḥammad ibn Muḥammad al‐Ḥanafī". In Thomas Hockey; et al. (eds.). The Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers. New York: Springer. pp. 5–6. ISBN 978-0-387-31022-0. (PDF version)