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Settled on a magnificent plot of fertile hillside land, the cult set about spreading its message, chiefly through a page manifesto, ''A Timely Message From Heaven: The End of the Present Times. Much of the book is devoted to the revelations that Mr. Kibwetere and other cult leaders said they had received. The volume contains dark prophecies of famines and wars, of rivers turning to blood and of food turning to poison. It enumerates the problems that will be visited on particular countries: ''Mozambique will be destroyed by its own machinery,'' and ''Japan will have rain falling for as long as my Father wants.

When you have money, you are respected and liked. And he had a convincing tongue.

He was bright. He was educated. But in the eyes of the church, Mr. Kibwetere had become a sinner of the worst kind, claiming to have contact with God himself and refusing the orders of an old friend, Bishop John Baptist Kakubi, to desist. Florence Igusha, who came to know Mr. Kibwetere through her husband, is thankful for the bishop's admonitions. The church's anger grew when he recruited two priests to his cause, and eventually Mr. Kibwetere was excommunicated.

The cult's ranks swelled, with estimates of its peak membership ranging from 1, to 4, To join, people were expected to sell off their possessions and turn over the considerable sums of money, say many relatives of those who perished at Kanungu. On the compound an ascetic lifestyle took hold, with sex even among married couples discouraged and communication limited largely to a system of sign language in which they were instructed, the relatives said.

Exactly what happened when the world did not end on Dec. What is known is that dozens of followers converged on the Kanungu compound on March 16 and 17, joining hundreds already there. On the morning of March 17 the flock gathered in the chapel, which faced Rugyeyo Mountain. One blaze, or maybe several, were ignited.

At p. The call was from an officer in Kambuga, a couple of villages from Kanungu and the nearest one with a police post. There had been a fire at the headquarters of the Kibwetere group, the officer reported, and there were people dead. Only as villagers and police officers descended on the smoldering building did the scale become apparent. The remains of hundreds of people, mostly their bones and in some cases only their ashes, lay massed at one end of the chapel. Virtually no one could be positively identified, and by Monday night they had all been buried together in a grave alongside their wrecked house of worship.

The day before the fire, a parcel from Kanungu arrived at the home of Mr.

Kibwetere's family. It contained books and documents from the cult, its certificate of registration, a copy of the 10 commandments of the cult and other items.

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All was sent, the family believes, by Joseph Kibwetere. Log In. View on timesmachine. TimesMachine is an exclusive benefit for home delivery and digital subscribers. Kibwetere as chief proselytizer, the cult took hold. This praise of the discipline is not merely a practitioner's claim; it also embodies a historical truth.

Moreover, because of its traditional link with astrology and its utility in matters such as calendar reform, the determination of the direction of prayer qiblah , and the calculation of the times of daily prayers, Islamic astronomy enjoyed the enthusiastic and undiminished patronage of rulers and nobles throughout its history.

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In the internal perspective of the science, astronomy is owed credit for the birth of trigonometry and other important developments in mathematics, particularly in quantitative techniques and geometry, since all these mathematical disciplines were originally subservient to the needs of astronomers. Finally, it should be noted that astronomy was a truly international enterprise of Islam, a collaborative effort involving people all over the Islamic world, including experts from China and India.

The origins of Islamic astronomy are intricately eclectic. These treatises were based on Sanskrit sources, but they have been found to incorporate some Pahlavi material as well. Such derivations from Indian and Iranian works, which constitute the first phase of Islamic astronomy, introduced many concepts of Greek mathematical astronomy to the Arabic world—concepts that were largely non-Ptolemaic, having already reached India and Iran through circuitous routes and having been modified by local traditions.

A further infusion of Indian and Iranian material marks the second phase of Islamic astronomy, but this was also the time when the works of the famous Greek astronomer Ptolemy d. These systems were in conflict at many points, and the Islamic astronomical activity of this period is characterized by constant efforts to reconcile them. Astronomers soon concluded that the Ptolemaic system was superior to all others known to them.

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The Toledan Tables were also very influential in Western Europe until the scientific revolution because they supported the so-called theory of trepidation i. Let us now, following the lead of contemporary historians, set up the theoretical problem to which these different systems offered different solutions. Consider two rotating wheels.

Let P be a point on the rim of the smaller rotating wheel. If in this arrangement S represents the sun, E the earth, and P a planet, then this ancient geocentric model of wheels upon wheels provides a valid if simplified explanation of the looped paths of the planets as seen from the earth.

In practice, however, this mechanism needed adjustments to bring it into accord with the observed planetary motions.


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Ptolemy shifted the earth a small distance from the center of the deferent E to, say, E g —thereby making the deferent eccentric with respect to the Earth. Furthermore, from E he displaced the center of the uniform motion of S to a rigorously calculated point O. Thus the motion of S was uniform with respect neither to E nor to E g , but with respect to an imaginary point O , and this O was Ptolemy's fateful equant. Ibn al-Haytham known as Alhazen in Latin, d. Indeed, in his Planetary Hypotheses Ptolemy had conceived of the observed motions of the planets as produced by the combined motions of corporeal spherical shells in which the planets were embedded.

The idea of an eccentric celestial shell was unacceptable to Ibn al-Haytham, as it was to many astronomers who shared his views. The subsequent history of Islamic mathematical astronomy is a chronicle of attempts to modify the Ptolemaic system so that it would accord more accurately with observations while at the same time preserving the principle of uniform circular motion.

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Here the possibility of historical transmission has not been ruled out. Characteristic of the Islamic astronomical tradition is the separation of theoretical exercises from observational activity. Lunar and solar eclipses, meridian transits of the sun, transits of fixed stars, planetary positions, and conjunctions—these were all part of the observational repertoire of Islamic astronomy.

Indeed, it is regarded as the first observatory in the full sense of the word.


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It employed a staff of about twenty astronomers, including one from China; it was supported by a library and a workshop for storing, constructing, and repairing astronomical instruments. Long after the Copernican Revolution, Islamic observational astronomy continued in the geocentric Ptolemaic tradition. In the s a major observatory was built in Istanbul.

Then, in imitation of the Samarkand observatory founded by Ulugh bek in , the Indian Maharaja of Amber — built as many as five different observatories—at Jayapura, Ujjain, Delhi, Mathura, and Varanasi Benares —with the purpose of harmonizing Indian astronomy with the Islamic Ptolemaic tradition. The later Islamic observatories were not altogether fruitless exercises, because they contributed many observational techniques instruments and organizational features to European astronomy.

By consensus of historians, Islamic astronomers were the best of their age. Haq, S. Nomanul and Massimo Campanini. Origins to Ptolemaicization The origins of Islamic astronomy are intricately eclectic. Theoretical Innovation Let us now, following the lead of contemporary historians, set up the theoretical problem to which these different systems offered different solutions.

Observational Astronomy Characteristic of the Islamic astronomical tradition is the separation of theoretical exercises from observational activity.