Manuscripts & MSS Projects

AMMS: West African Arabic Manuscript Project: a bi-lingual database developed at the University of Illinois in the late 1980s to describe a collection of Arabic manuscripts in southern Mauritania (Boutilimit) as well as 7 other West African collections including the manuscript libraries at the Institut Mauritanien de Recherche Scientifique, Northwestern University, and the Centre Ahmad Baba in Timbuktu

Rational Sciences in Islam: An Initiative for the Study of Philosophy and the Mathematical Sciences in Islam
Centered at McGill University, the project to study the rational sciences in Islam will investigate the philosophical, scientific, and theological traditions of Islam in a holistic manner. The primary goal is to increase our understanding of how Muslim scholars and the various publics making up Islamic societies explored the world through rational means, and the products and consequences of those explorations. The project is made up of three components: the Islamic Scientific Manuscripts Initiative (ISMI), the Post-classical Islamic Philosophy Database Initiative (PIPDI), and Scientific Traditions in Islamic Societies (STIS) project.

The Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford has acquired a cosomological treatise entitled Kitab Ghara'ib al-funun wa-mulah al-`uyun. The treatise contains diagrams of the heavens and maps of the earth. this copy was probably made in Egypt in the late 12th or early 13th century from an anonymous work compiled in the first half of the 11th century in Egypt.

Islamic Mathematics

HISTORY OF ISLAMIC MATHEMATICS (courtesy of Jan Hogendijk). This site contains links of scholars working in the History of Mathematics and Science and Islamic science.


M. Mawaldi: an English translation of his article [in Arabic] on Ridhwan al-Sa'ati



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