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Islamic thought & science

Welcome - Merhaba - أهلا وسهلا - Hoşgeldiniz - خوش آمدید ! This guide focuses on useful sources for the study of theology, philosophy, sciences and mysticism in the Islamic World. It is tailored to the courses offered by the McGill Institute of Islamic S


Academic Search Complete (Ebsco) offers scholarly and general interest sources in business, medicine, humanities, social sciences, and science and technology.

JSTOR is a subject searchable index of journals on-line with JSTOR. Retrieves full-text back files of scholarly journals, some of which date back to the 1800's. Does not include articles more recent than five years ago.

Post-classical Islamic Philosophy Database Initiative (PIPDI) is a McGill Initiative aiming to "create the infrastructure that is needed for a systematic investigation of the vast but severely understudied corpus of Islamic philosophical texts dating from 1100-1900 CE".

ProQuest Research Library is a multidisciplinary database covering disciplines within the humanities and social sciences.

Web of Science offers scholarly articles for medicine, humanities, social sciences, and science and technology.It also includes citation indexes.

A selected list of databases pertinent to Islamic Studies is available here, and a complete list of databases accessible to McGill affiliated researchers is available here.


Encyclopaedia Islamica is based on the abridged translation of Dāʾirat al-Maʿārif-i Buzurg-i Islāmī', one of the most comprehensive research tools on Islam and the Muslim World. Encyclopedia Islamica is particularly relevant for Shi'i studies.

Encyclopaedia of Islam (second edition) is a unique and invaluable reference tool setting out the present state of knowledge of the Muslim World.

Encyclopaedia of Islam (THREE) is an entirely new work reflecting the great diversity of current scholarship on the Muslim World, including Islam in the 20th century and Muslim minorities all over the world.

Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World looks at Islam's role in the modern world, doing so in the context of the religion's history and development over the last 13 centuries. Containing thematic articles, biographies of key figures, definitions, illustrations, maps and more, this new encyclopedia fills a need in this key area of religious studies.

Kamal, Hassan. Encyclopaedia of Islamic Medicine, with a Greco-Roman Back-Ground. General Egyptian Book Organization, 1975. Print.

Runehov, Anne L. C, and Lluis Oviedo. Encyclopedia of Sciences and Religions. SpringerReference, 2013. Electronic resource.

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Science, and Technology in Islam is an authoritative research tool giving access to more than 250 A-Z providing scholarly overviews of the thinkers, movements, instruments, theories, institutions, processes, events, and historical developments related to Islamic classical history and the contemporary quest for knowledge.

Oxford Islamic Studies Online is a platform comprising more than 5,000 reference entries, scholarly chapters, and primary source materials in addition to 13 core titles (i.e. The Oxford Handbook of Islam and Politics, The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World, The Islamic World: Past and Present, The Oxford Dictionary of Islam, The Oxford History of Islam, etc.) focusing on  global Islamic history, concepts, people, practices, politics, and culture.


Available at McGill:

Arabic sciences and philosophy: a historical journal

Indo-islamika: Journal of Islamic Sciences

Islam & Science

Islamic sciences

Nazariyat: Journal for the History of Islamic Philosophy and Sciences

Suhayl: Journal for the History of the Exact and Natural Sciences in Islamic Civilisation

Open Access:

The Directory of Free Arab Journals (DFAJ) is a directory of Open Access journals published in the Arab World. The website  is maintained by a group of OA activists in the region, and includes 319 journals from 150 publishers in 18 different countries.


Akasoy, Anna, Wim Raven, and Hans Daiber. Islamic Thought in the Middle Ages: Studies in Text, Transmission and Translation, in Honour of Hans Daiber. Leiden: Brill, 2008. Print.

Endress, Gerhard, and Abdou Filali-Ansary. Organizing Knowledge: Encyclopaedic Activities in the Pre-Eighteenth Century Islamic World. Leiden: Brill, 2006. Electronic resource.

Hamarneh, Sami K, and Shifa A.-A. Sharifah. Directory of Historians of Islamic Medicine and Allied Sciences. Kuala Lumpur: International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization, 1995. Print.

Hourani, George F. Essays on Islamic Philosophy and Science. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1975. Print.

Kennedy, E S, David A. King, and Mary H. Kennedy. Studies in the Islamic Exact Sciences. Beirut: American University of Beirut, 1983. Print.

King, David A. Islamic Astronomical Instruments. London: Variorum Reprints, 1987. Print.

King, David A. In Synchrony with the Heavens: Studies in Astronomical Timekeeping and Instrumentation in Medieval Islamic Civilization. Leiden: Brill, 2004. Print.

Lindberg, David C, and Michael H. Shank. The Cambridge History of Science: Volume 2, Medieval science. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013. Electronic resource.

Muṭahharī, Murtaz̤á. Understanding Islamic Sciences: Philosophy, Theology, Mysticism, Morality, Jurisprudence. London: Saqi, 2002. Print.

Nasr, Seyyed H, and Muzaffar Iqbal. Islam, Science, Muslims and Technology. Sherwood Park, Alta: Al-Qalam Pub, 2007. Print.

Nasr, Seyyed H, and Roland Michaud. Islamic Science: An Illustrated Study. Place of publication not identified: World of Islam Festival Pub. Co, 1976. Print.

Pingree, David E, Isabelle Pingree, and John M. Steele. Pathways into the Study of Ancient Sciences: Selected Essays by David Pingree. Philadelphia : The American Philosophical Society Press, 2014. Print.

Pormann, Peter E. Islamic Medical and Scientific Tradition. London: Routledge, 2011. Print.

Rosenthal, Franz. Science and Medicine in Islam: A Collection of Essays. Aldershot, Hampshire, Great Britain: Variorum, 1990. Print.

Sardar, Ziauddin. Explorations in Islamic Science. London: Mansell, 1989. Print.

Sidoli, Nathan, Brummelen G. Van, and J L. Berggren. From Alexandria, Through Baghdad: Surveys and Studies in the Ancient Greek and Medieval Islamic Mathematical Sciences in Honor of J.l. Berggren. Berlin : Springer, 2014. Electronic resource.

Turner, Howard R. Science in Medieval Islam: An Illustrated Introduction. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1997. Print.

Varisco, Daniel M, and ibn Y. ʻUmar. Medieval Agriculture and Islamic Science: The Almanac of a Yemeni Sultan. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1994. Print.


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