F. Jamil Ragep is Canada Research Chair in the History of Science in Islamic Societies and Director of the Institute of Islamic Studies at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Born in West Virginia (USA), he attended the University of Michigan, where he received degrees in Anthropology and Near Eastern Studies, and later took a Ph.D. in the History of Science at Harvard University. He has written extensively on the history of science in Islam and has co-edited books on the transmission of science between cultures and on water resources in the Middle East. In association with the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, he is co-directing a project to study the fifteenth-century background to the Copernican revolution and in particular its Islamic sources. Thanks to a major grant from the Canada Foundation for Innovation and the Quebec government, Ragep is leading an international Digital Humanities project to catalogue all Islamic manuscripts in the exact sciences and provide a means to access information online on the intellectual, institutional, and scientific contexts of these texts. This is part of a larger project, the Rational Sciences in Islam (RASI), that is in collaboration with Prof. Robert Wisnovsky’s Post-classical Islamic Philosophy Database Initiative (PIPDI), also centered at McGill.
F. Jamil Ragep