• The Archimedes Project

    The Archimedes Project aims to develop model interactive environments for scholarly research on the history of mechanics and engineering from antiquity to the Renaissance. It is designed to integrate research and knowledge dissemination in new ways and to serve as a proof-of-concept project for open digital libraries on topics in the history of science.

    The project is funded by the Digital Libraries Initiative Phase 2 program of the National Science Foundation and is a joint endeavor of the Department of the Classics at Harvard University and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG) in Berlin, Germany. Numerous treatises on mechanics as well as other forms of documentation of mechanical knowledge and practices constitute the project corpus. Ongoing research at Harvard University and the MPIWG on the long-term development of mechanical knowledge and its manifestation in technical terminology and the inferences of practitioners, engineers, and scientists plays an important role in the testbed design. The project demands powerful, linguistically based information technology for handling the variety of languages occurring in the source materials. Source documents are being prepared with tools such as automatic morphological analysis of Latin, Greek, Italian, and Arabic, as well as the automatic linking of sources to modern and historical dictionaries and reference works.

    The same site is also offering Research tools on Euclid's Elements:
    Index of propositions with links to online manuscript images.
    New technologies for the study of Euclid's Elements: paper by Mark Schiefsky, including a description of Archimedes project technology and its application to the study of technical terminology and deductive structures in the Elements.

  • Perseus Digital Library

    The Perseus Project at Tufts University is the foremost Digital Library for the classical world, if not for the Humanities in general. In its collection of Greek and Roman materials, readers will find many of the canonical texts read today. The Greek collection approaches 8 million words and the Latin collection currently has 5.5 million. In addition, many English language dictionaries, other reference works, translations, and commentaries are included, so that anyone with an internet connection has access to the equivalent of a respectable College Classics library. A convenient mechanism for browsing and searching the texts is PhiloLogic, found in the Perseus site of the University of Chicago.

  • Islamic Scientific Manuscripts Initiative

    The Islamic Scientific Manuscripts Initiative (ISMI) contains information on over 1,500 scientists, their works, and their social milieu, spanning the entire Islamic world, from Islamic Spain to India and the borders of China, beginning in the 8th century and continuing until the 19th. These works in astronomy, mathematics, physics, geography, mechanics, and related disciplines number in the thousands and are represented, conservatively speaking, by tens of thousands of manuscript copies spread throughout the world.

    Much more than a simple catalogue, ISMI provides information on the authors, content of the texts, readership and ownership, institutional locations where the manuscripts were copied, studied, and taught, the relationship of original texts and their commentaries and supercommentaries, and other information that will help Post-classical Islamic Philosophy Database Initiative (PIPDI)

  • Post-classical Islamic Philosophy Database Initiative

    The Post-classical Islamic Philosophy Database Initiative (PIPDI) will create the infrastructure that is needed for a systematic investigation of the vast but severely understudied corpus of Islamic philosophical texts dating from 1100-1900CE. These post-classical texts include original and exegetical works on logic (syllogistic and dialectic), philosophy of language, epistemology, ethics, metaphysics (ontology and theology), natural philosophy and cosmology, and philosophy of mind. The project leader, Robert Wisnovsky (McGill University, Montreal, Canada), has already collated two handlists totalling just under 3,000 Arabic philosophical texts that were produced and survive from this period; one handlist is already published, the other is being prepared for publication. From this total Wisnovsky has selected an initial tranche of 400 to be indexed during PIPDI’s four-year funding period (2008-2012). These 400 works will be the 65 most broadly disseminated Arabic philosophical texts from the post-classical period plus 135 of the most influential commentaries (out of a total of 850) on those 65 texts; as well as a further 200 of the most innovative and important Arabic philosophical texts from the remaining 2,000 or so less canonical works.

  • Islamic Philosophy Online

    The Premier Islamic Philosophy resource on the Web. We are dedicated to the study of the philosophical output of the Muslim World. This site contains hundreds of full-length books and articles on Islamic philosophy, ranging from the classical texts in the canon of Islamic philosophy to modern works of Muslim philosophy. We are continually striving to improve this page. This current version is java free and makes minimal use of graphics. Should you have problem or issues with any of pages please do let us know. Our flagship project, the Journal of Islamic Philosophy, is flourishing as we approach the publication of our second issue.

    Our Featured Original Resources:
    • Dictionary of Islamic Philosophy (local E-text, also available in PDF).
    • Map of Islamic Philosophy and where it fits in with other world philosophies. Major Islamic Philosophers, their thought and works.
    • The Journal of Islamic philosophy: The only peer-reviewed academic journal solely dedicated to the field.

  • MuslimHeritage is a website dedication to improving knowledge of the contributions to science, technology, and the arts made by Muslims, particularly during the European (so-called) Dark Ages period. The site features articles explaining how the Islamic world both kept alive earlier technologies and ideas whilst developing new ones and promoting science during the period after the fall of the Western Roman Empire. It also argues that this period of intellectual history is not given the attention that it deserves.The site features: an interactive timeline; biographies of Muslim scholars and scientists; and features covering fields as diverse as medicine, agricultural technology, conflict between science and religion, and architecture.This is a site with a point to prove, and it contains a lot of fascinating information. Some of the articles do, however, fail to flag points that might be considered contentious, and sometimes one suspects that words such as science or agricultural revolution are being used rather loosely. Nevertheless, students of the history of science would be well advised to have a look at the perspectives here offered.The site does not appear to function properly in Netscape browsers, but its presentation under Internet Explorer is clean and effective.

  • al-Warraq

    A digital textbase of Arabic works of literature, the Islamic heritage and all branches of mediaeval and modern learning.

  • Arabic and Latin Glossary

    Das "Arabic and Latin Glossary" ist ein Projekt der Forschungsstelle «Philosophie- und Wissenschaftsgeschichte der griechisch-arabisch-lateinischen Tradition» unter der Leitung von Dag N. Hasse zusammen mit PD Dr. Reinhard Kiesler, Barbara Jockers M.A., u.a., das der Erforschung des arabischen Einflusses auf die europäische Wissenschaftssprache dient. Es versammelt die Einträge aller bislang existierenden arabisch-lateinischen Glossare in modernen Editionen mittelalterlicher Werke. In gewisser Weise stellt es die arabisch-lateinische Entsprechung zum “Greek and Arabic Lexicon” (GALex) von Gerhard Endreß und Dimitri Gutas dar (1992ff.). Es hat jedoch ein weniger ambitioniertes Ziel und soll auch in kürzerer Zeit vollständig erschienen sein: Es sammelt in kumulativer Form die Ergebnisse aller bisherigen Herausgeber und modernen Übersetzer.

  • Commission on the History of Science and Technology in Islamic Societies

    The Commission on the History of Science and Technology in Islamic Societies is made up of scholars throughout the world who are dedicated to understanding the multifaceted historical role of science within an Islamic context. The Commission is part of the International Union for the History and Philosophy of Science.
    This website was conceived originally as serving our members, specifically as a means of communicating with each other and keeping abreast of the latest research in our various fields (which include mathematics, astronomy, technology, medicine, and so on), publications and conferences. Hence our website includes upcoming conferences and job positions as well as a membership directory, publications, and so forth.

  • Division of History of Science and Technology

    The Commission on the History of Science and Technology in Islamic Societies is a branch of the Division of History of Science and Technology of the International Union of History and Philosophy of Science.
    The web site is organized as an introduction to the Division and to its activities, but also as a general introduction to the field of History of Science. It is a rich source of information on research, source materials, current activities and forthcoming events.


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