Most of the objects in the Istanbul Museum for History of Science and Technology in Islam are identical to objects in the museum of the Institute for the History of Arabic-Islamic Sciences in Frankfurt am Main. On this website we present the texts and all illustrations of the complete version of the catalogue of the Frankfurt museum (in five volumes) and also the short version (in one volume). The complete version of the catalogue includes as volume 1 a general introduction to the history of Arabic-Islamic sciences by Professor Fuat Sezgin.

Both the complete and short versions are subdivided into a number of pdf files which can all be accessed through this webpage. Below we present the links to these files with bibliographic data. For the short version see the bottom of this webpage.


Complete version of the English catalogue (in five volumes)

of the collection in the Institute for the History of Arabic-Islamic Sciences in Frankfurt am Main.

F. Sezgin, Science and Technology in Islam.
Frankfurt am Main, Institut fü Geschichte der Arabisch-Islamischen Wissenschaften an der Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität, 2010.
Publications of the Institute for Arabic-Islamic Science.

  • Volume 1. Introduction to the History of Arabic-Islamic Sciences.
    Translated by Renate Sarma and Sreeramula Rajeswara Sarma.
    • Title pages, table of contents of vol. 1, preface, summary table of volumes 1-5, and map (pp. -xiv)
    • Part I: The Development of Science in Islam from the 1st/7th to the 10th/16th Century [including map for Part II] (pp. 1-78)
    • Part II: Reception and Assimilation of Arab-Islamic Science in the West (pp. 79-154)
    • Part III: The Beginning of Stagnation and the Reasons for the End of Creativity (pp. 155-165)
    • Part IV: Bibliography and Indices [for Volume 1] (pp. 166-207)

  • Vol. 2. Catalogue of the Instrument of the Institute for the History of Arabic and Islamic Sciences, by Fuat Sezgin in collaboration with Eckhard Neubauer.
    Translated by Renate Sarma and Sreeramula Rajeswara Sarma.
    I. Astronomy.
    • Title pages, table of contents of vol. 2.
    • Part I: Introduction, celestial globes, observatories (pp. 1-23).
    • Part II: Observatories (continued), instuments of the observatories of Maragha and Istanbul, instruments of Tycho Brahe, instruments of the observatories of Samarkand, Jaipur, and Delhi (pp. 24-77).
    • Part III: Astrolabes (plane and spherical), quadrants, miscellaneous instruments, including mechanical-astronomical calendars (pp. 78-172)
    • Part IV: Equatories, bibliography and indices for volume 2 (pp. 173-227)

  • Vol. 3. Catalogue of the Instrument of the Institute for the History of Arabic and Islamic Sciences, by Fuat Sezgin in collaboration with Eckhard Neubauer.
    Translated by Renate Sarma and Sreeramula Rajeswara Sarma.
    2. Geography. 3. Navigation. 4. Clocks. 5. Geometry. 6. Optics.

  • Vol. 4. Catalogue of the Instrument of the Institute for the History of Arabic and Islamic Sciences, by Fuat Sezgin in collaboration with Eckhard Neubauer.
    Translated by Renate Sarma and Sreeramula Rajeswara Sarma.
    7. Medicine. 8. Navigation. 9. Mineralogy.

  • Vol. 5. Catalogue of the Instrument of the Institute for the History of Arabic and Islamic Sciences, by Fuat Sezgin in collaboration with Eckhard Neubauer.
    Translated by Renate Sarma and Sreeramula Rajeswara Sarma.
    10. Physics and Technology. 11. Architecture. 12. Military Technology. 13. Ancient Artefacts.

Short version of the English catalogue

(in one volume)