Second Moon Uprising: How Science and Skullduggery Helped an 8th Century Prophet Raise a Revolt


‘Muqanna’s most famous creation, the Moon of Nakhshab, was remembered long after his death. It haunted the imaginations of poets and scientists for centuries. Unusual phenomena that could not be explained (particularly those relating to weather and astronomy,) were attributed to his genius.

But who was Muqanna, and what was the nature of the artificial moon he created?’


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