Elaheh Kheirandish








- The Arabic Version of Euclid's Optics: Kitab Uqlidis fi Ikhtilaf al-manazir Edited and Translated with Historical Introduction and Commentary (revised dissertation), 2 volumes, Springer-Verlag: Sources in the History of Mathematics and Physical Sciences, no. 16, 1999.

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- Sources for the History of Mathematical Sciences in the Islamic World: an Updated Critical Supplement to An Annotated Bibliography of Islamic Science, vol. 3, on Mathematics: Cultural Studies and Research Institute, Tehran, 1991, submitted to the Institute for Humanities and Cultural Studies. 

- Eastern Astrolabes by David Pingree, editor, general editor, Bruce Chandler:
Historic Scientific Instruments of the Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum, volume II. 2009.


- Early Arabic Optics: A Critical Edition and English Translation of Ahmad ibn Isa’s Optics, Brill: Text and Studies Series (extension of Dibner Institute “IOTA” project).

- Pappus of Alexandria’s Introduction to Mechanics: The Greco-Arabic Tradition of Book 8 of the Mathematical Collection: Springer-Verlag: "Sources in the History of Mathematical and Physical Sciences (extension of collaborative work on the “Archimedes Project”)

Baghdad to Isfahan: A ‘Dialogue’ of Two Cities in an Age of Science (ca. 750-1750)

A historical treatment of science in Islamic lands, based on a medieval ‘dialogue’ between Baghdad and Isfahan, reconstructed from the standpoint of scientific developments.


Sciences, Crafts, and the Production of Knowledge: Iran and Eastern Islamic Lands (ca. 184-1153 AH/800-1740 CE). Special Issue of Iranian Studies, Volume 41 Issue 4, 433, Routledge, September 2008 (co-edited with Najma al-Din Yousefi and Carol Bier)


“The Mathematical and Mixed-Mathematical Corpus of the Ottoman Royal Library Catalogue of Sixteenth-century Istanbul: Arithmetic, Geometry, Optics and Mechanics as Representations of Distinct Classifications and Transmissions,” Brill, 2016.

Optics and Perspective In and Beyond the Islamic Middle Ages: A Study of Transmission through Multidisciplinary Sources in Arabic and Persian,” Renaissance Cultures of Optics and Practices of Perspective Edited by Sven Dupré and Jeanne Peiffer, Brepols: 2016.

 “An Early Tradition in Practical Geometry: The Telling Lines of Unique Arabic and Persian Sources,” In The Arts of Ornamental Geometry: A Persian Compendium on Similar and Complementary Interlocking Figures, Studies and Sources in Islamic Art and Architecture: Supplements to Muqarnas: An Annual on the Visual Cultures of the Islamic World 13. Brill: Leiden and Boston, 2016: 79-144

 “Astronomical Poems from the ‘Four Corners’ of Persia (c. 1000–1500 CE) in Essays in Islamic Philology, History, and Philosophy Edited by Alireza Korangy, Wheeler M. Thackston, Roy P. Mottahedeh and William Granara, Berlin/Boston: De Walter de Gruyter GmbH: Studies in the History and Culture of the Middle East 31, 2016: 51-90.

 “Light and Dark: The ‘Checkered History’ of Early Optics.” In God Is the Light of the Heavens and the Earth: Light in Islamic Art and Culture, edited by Jonathan Bloom and Sheila Blair, New Haven: Yale University Press, 2015: 61–85.

Eloge A.I. Sabra (8 June 1924 – 18 December 2013)’, Early Science and Medicine: A Journal for the Study of Science, Technology ad Medicine in the Pre-modern Period, 19, 3, 2014: 281-86.

 “The Mixed Mathematical Sciences: Optics and Mechanics in the Islamic Middle Ages,” The Cambridge History of Science, vol. 2, Medieval Science, edited by David C. Lindberg and Michael H. Shank, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013: 84–108.

“Optics, History of,” Encyclopaedia Iranica: A Comprehensive Research Tool Dedicated to the study of Iranian Civilization in the Middle East, the Caucasus, Central Asia, and the Indian Subcontinent. New York: Center for Iranian Studies, Columbia University, 2010. http://www.iranicaonline.org/articles/optics

“Footprints of ‘Experiment’ in Early Arabic Optics,” Early Science and Medicine; Evidence and Interpretation in Studies on Early Science and Medicine in Honor of John E. Murdoch, Early Science and Medicine, 14, 1-3, 2009: 79-104.

“Science and ‘Mithal’: Demonstrations in Arabic and Persian Scientific Traditions” in Sciences, Crafts, and the Production of Knowledge: Iran and Eastern Islamic Lands (ca. 184-1153 AH/800-1740 CE). Special Issue of Iranian Studies, Volume 41 Issue 4, 433, Routledge, September 2008 (co-edited with Najma al-Din Yousefi and Carol Bier): 465-489.

Qusṭā Ibn Lūqā al-Baʿlabakkī,” The Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers, edited by Thomas Hockey et al. New York: Springer, 2007.

“Organizing Scientific Knowledge,” Organizing Knowledge: Encyclopaedic Activities in the Pre-Eighteenth Century Muslim World, Agha Khan University (Conference proceedings: London, Fall 2003, ed. Gerhard Endress, Leiden; Brill, 2006: 135-154.

“The Puzzle of Tusi’s Optical Works,” Les sciences dans la monde iranien (Tehran:

Institut Français de Recherche en Iran (IFRI), eds. N. Pourjavady et. Z. Vesel, conference proceedings (1998), 2004: 197-213.

“The Many Aspects of Appearances: Arabic Optics to 950 A.D.,” The Enterprise of Science in Islam: New Perspectives, ed. Jan P. Hogendijk and AbdelHamid Sabra, Proceedings of the conference: New Perspectives on Science in Medieval Islam, held at The Dibner Institute for the History of Science and Technology (6-8 November, 1998), Cambridge: MIT Press, 2003: 55-83.

“What 'Euclid Said' to His Arabic Readers: The Case of the Optics,” De Diversis Artibus (tome 55: N.S. 18): Proceedings of the XXth International Congress of History of Science (Liege, 20-26 July 1997), edited by Gerard Simon and Suzanne Debarbat, Belgium: Breplos, 2001: 17-28.

 “Optics: Highlights from Islamic Lands,” The Different Aspects of Islamic Culture, Volume Four: Science and Technology in Islam, part I, UNESCO, 2001: 337-357.

 "A Report on Iran's 'Jewel' Codices of Tusi's Kutub al-Mutawasitat", Nasir al-Din al-Tusi : philosophe et savant de x111e siecle, etudes par N. Pourjavady et Ziva Vesel, Tehran: Institut Francais de Recherche en Iran (IFRI), 2000.

“The ‘Manazir’ Tradition through Persian Sources,” Les sciences dans le monde iranien, eds. Z. Vesel, H. Beikbaghban et B. Thierry de Crussol des Epesse, Actes du Colloque tenu à l'Univrsité des Sciences Humaines de Strasbourg (6-8 june 95), Tehran: Institut Français de Recherche en Iran (IFRI), 1998: 125-45.

 "Optics in the Islamic World", Encyclopedia of the History of Science, Technology and Medicine in Non-Western Cultures, Kluwer, 1997: 40-44.

“The Arabic 'Version' of Euclidean Optics: Transformations as Linguistic Problems in Transmission,” Tradition, Transmission, Transformation: Proceedings of Two Conferences on Pre-modern Science Held at the University of Oklahoma, eds. F. Jamil Ragep and Sally P. Ragep with Steven Livesey, Leiden: Brill, 1996: 227-243.

"Mathematics", Encyclopedia of Modern Islamic World, ed. John Esposito, Oxford University Press, 1995, 3: 65-68.


- C. A. Qadir, Philosophy and Science in the Islamic World , Journal of Islamic Studies, Oxford University Press, Jan. 1992, vol. 3, no. 1: 107-109.

- A. I. Sabra, The Optics of Ibn al-Haytham, 2 vols., Warburg Institute, 1989, Harvard Middle Eastern and Islamic Review, Nov. 1994, vol. 1, no. 2: 188-194.

J. L. Berggren, Episodes in the Mathematics of Medieval Islam, New York: Springer New-Verlag, 1986” Review of Review in Persian, Nashr-e Rīyāzī: A Mathematical Journal of Iran University Press, 1995, 7, 1: 53-55.

David E.P. Jackson, “Scholarship in Abbasid Baghdad with Special Reference to Greek Mechanics in Arabic,” Quaderni di Studi Arabi (1987-8): Review title: “The ‘Fluctuating Fortunes of Scholarship”: A Very Late Review Occasioned by a Fallen Book, Early Science and Medicine, Volume 11, No. 2, 2006: 207-222(16), Brill Academic Publishers.


 "The Arabic 'Version' of Euclidean Optics: Transformations as Linguistic Problems in Transmission", 1996

"Optics: Highlights from Islamic Lands", 2001.

"The Many Aspects of Appearances: Arabic Optics to 950 A.D", 2003

“The ‘Fluctuating Fortunes of Scholarship”: A Very Late Review Occasioned by a Fallen Book (Review), 2006

Sciences, Crafts, and the Production of Knowledge: Iran and Eastern Islamic Lands (ca. 184-1153 AH/800-1740 CE), co-editor, 2008

 “Footprints of ‘Experiment’ in Early Arabic Optics”, 2009




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