F. Jamil Ragep
Current Research

Currently I am engaged in a number of projects, several in collaboration with Sally Ragep. Here is the most recent list (as of Fall 2022):

1) The Islamic Scientific Manuscripts Initiative (ISMI) is ongoing; its mission is to make accessible online information on all Islamic manuscripts in the exact sciences. ISMI has recently moved from McGill University in Canada to Medeniyet University in Istanbul; collaboration with colleagues at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin continues, as does the central role of Sally Ragep. We hope to expand the project in the coming months and years and encourage scholars interested in contributing to the project to contact us: sally.ragep@mcgill.ca

2) Fateme Savadi and Sajjad Nikfahm-Khubravan and I recently completed our translation into English of Naṣīr al-Dīn al-Ṭūsī’s Persian astronomical work, al-Risāla al-Muʿīniyya and its supplement, the Ḥall-i mushkilāt-i Muʿīniyya. It will be published by Miras-e Maktoob in Tehran and will be available as an open access publication on the ISMI website later this year (2022): https://ismi.mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de/index.php/page/resources

3) I am in the process of completing several edition/translation projects that I have put off for far too long: a) an edition and translation of al-Jūzjānī Khilāṣ kayfiyyat tarkīb al-aflāk; b) an English translation of Ibrāhīm ibn Sinān’s work on the motions of the Sun.

4) I am also working on a book on the question of the Islamic background to the Copernican revolution. Projected publication date: 2023 or 2024.

Two articles are in press:

“Quṭb al-Dīn al-Shīrāzī’s Attitude Toward Philosophy: Some Preliminary Observations” (with Sally Ragep), in a volume edited by Mustakim Arıcı, Asiye Aykıt, and Hasan Umut

A Response to Reviel Netz’s “The Place of Archimedes in World History,” to appear in a special edition of Interdisciplinary Science Reviews, edited by Karine Chemla and Reviel Netz

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