Encyclopedia of the History of Arabic Science

Encyclopedia of the History of Arabic Science
Author (eds.) Roshdi Rashed with Régis Morelon
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Publisher Routledge
Publication date
May 1996
ISBN 0-415-02063-8
OCLC 185762373
509/.17/4927 21
LC Class Q127.A5 E53 2000

The Encyclopedia of the History of Arabic Science is a three-volume encyclopedia covering the history of Arabic contributions to science, mathematics and technology which had a marked influence on the Middle Ages in Europe. It is written by internationally recognized experts in the field and edited by Roshdi Rashed in collaboration with Régis Morelon.[1]

Volume one covers "Astronomy--Theoretical and applied". Volume two covers "Mathematics and the Physical Sciences". Volume three covers "Technology, Alchemy, and the Life Sciences".


  • French edition: "Histoire des sciences arabes", 3 vol., Le Seuil, Paris, 1997, ( ISBN 2-02-030355-8).
  • Arabic edition: "Mawsu‘a Tarikh al-‘ulum al-‘arabiyya", 3 vol., Markaz Dirasat al-Wahda al-‘arabiyya, Beirut, 1997, ( ISBN 9953-450-73-0, 978-9953-450-73-5).[2]


A partial list of contributors include:

Volume 1
Volume 2
  • A. S. Saidan (numeration and arithmetic)
  • Boris A. Rosenfeld and A. P. Yushkevich (geometry)
  • J.-C. Chabrier and M. Rozhanskaya (music and statics)
  • M.-Th. Debarnot (trigonometry, algebra)
  • Roshdi Rashed (geometrical optics)
  • G. Russell (physiological optics)
Volume 3
  • Donald Routledge Hill (engineering)
  • A. Miquel (geography)
  • Toufic Fahd (botany and agriculture)
  • G. Anawati (Arabic alchemy)
  • E. Savage-Smith (medicine)
  • F. Micheau (scientific institutions in the medieval Near East)
  • J. Jolivet (classifications of the sciences)
  • M. Mahdi (historiography)
  • B. Goldstein (heritage of Arabic science in Hebrew)
  • H. Hugonnard-Roche, A. Allard, D. Lindberg, R. Halleux, and D. Jacquart (Western reception of various Arabic sciences)



  • Volume 1 at Questia Online Library
  • Volume 2 at Questia Online Library
  • Rashed, Roshdi; Morelon, Régis (1996). Encyclopedia of the History of Arabic Science: Asronomy-Theoretical and applied, v.2 Mathematics and the physical sciences; v.3 Technology, alchemy and life sciences. Routledge. ISBN 9780415020633.
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