Interesting Msc and Phd theses can be downloaded via the following sites:

  1. Proquest (For theses written in the United States)
  2. British Library ETHOS (Electronic Theses Online Service, free download)
  3. YÖK Tez Merkezi (Turkish National Thesis Center, free download)
  4. Theses.fr (French National Thesis Center)
  5. Open Access Theses and Dissertations http://oatd.org

Please note that some of these sites require you to register and/or to pay.

Furthermore, many universities have individual databases for downloading theses.



Some interesting theses on Islamic Science which are free to download: 

Abd al-Rahman al-Sūfī

  • Ihsan, Hafez, Abd al-Rahman al-Sufi and his book of the fixed stars: a journey of re-discovery. PhD thesis, James Cook University, 2010

Download via http://researchonline.jcu.edu.au/28854/

  • Moya Catherine Carey, Painting the stars in a century of change : a thirteenth-century copy of Al-Sufi’s treatise on the fixed stars (British Library Or.5323), School of Oriental and African Studies, SOAS, University of London, 2001.

Download via ETHOS


Kusyhar Ibn Labban

M. Bagheri, Books I and IV of Kūshyār ibn Labbān’s Jāmic Zīj: An Arabic Astronomical Handbook by an Eleventh-Century Iranian Scholar, Utrecht University, 2006.

Download via http://dspace.library.uu.nl/handle/1874/18830


Qutb al-Dīn al-Shirāzī

Kaveh Farzad Niazi, A Comparative Study of Qutb al-Din Shirazi’s Texts and Models on the Configuration of the Heavens, Columbia University, 2011.

Download via http://hdl.handle.net/10022/AC:P:11758


Ibn al-Nafis (d. 1288)

Nahyan, A.G. Fancy, Pulmonary Transit and Bodily Resurrection: The Interaction of Medicine, Philosophy and Religion in the Works of Ibn al-Nafīs (d. 1288), University of Notre Dame, 2006.

Download via http://etd.nd.edu/ETD-db/theses/available/etd-11292006-152615/