Bio-bibliographical References

A chronological list of the most important bio-bibliographical reference works for historians of science, particularly for the history of Arabic mathematics and astronomy:

Important Bio-Bibliographical Reference Works

  1. Kashf al-Zunun,Haji Khalifa (Katip Çelebi),
  2. GAL, Carl Brockelmann
  3. GAS, Fuat Sezgin
  4. Mathematicians, Astronomers & Other Scholars of Medieval Islamic Civilization, Ihsanoğlu & Rosenfeld
  5. Osmanlı Astronomi Literatürü Tarihi/Osmanlı Matematik Literatürü Tarihi
  6. Persian Literature: A Bio-bibliographical Survey, C. A. Storey
  7. Die Mathematiker und Astronomen der Araber und ihre Werke, Heinrich Suter
  8. Dictionary of Scientific Biography
  9. Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers  (Islamic astronomers are available online at http://islamsci.mcgill.ca/RASI/BEA/)
  10. Survey of the Scientific Manuscripts in the Egyptian National Library

General Encyclopedias

Furthermore the following encyclopedias contain entries for medieval Islamic scholars:

  1. Encyclopedia of Islam, Brill Academic Publishers, Leiden (Edition 1, 2 and 3)
  2. Diyanet Islam Ansiklopedisi, ISAM yayınları, Istanbul. 40 Vol. (Available online at http://www.islamansiklopedisi.info)

 

Medieval Biographical Dictionaries

Abu’l-Faraj Muhammad bin Is’hāq al-Nadim (died September 17, 995 or 998)- Kitāb al- fihrist

Ibn Abi Usaibia (1203-1270) – ʿUyūn ul-Anbāʾ fī Ṭabaqāt ul-Aṭibbāʾ (Lives of the Physicians)

Online English translation

http://www.tertullian.org/fathers/index.htm#Ibn_Abi_Usaibia

Ibn Khallikan -Wafayāt al-aʿyān wa-anbāʾ abnāʾ az-zamān (Deaths of Eminent Men and History of the Sons of the Epoch).

4 Volumes in English translation (Available on Google Books)

Volume 1, Volume 2, Volume 3, Volume 4

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