The Islamic Scientific Manuscripts Initiative is a joint project of :
- Institute of Islamic Studies at McGill University, Montreal, Canada.
- Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, Germany.
- American Council of Learned Societies (USA)
Much more than a simple catalogue, ISMI provides information on the authors, content of the texts, readership and ownership, institutional locations where the manuscripts were copied, studied, and taught, the relationship of original texts and their commentaries and supercommentaries, and other information that will help draw a picture of the social and intellectual contexts of these works.
ISMI aims to contribute to our understanding of the role of rationalism in traditional Islamic societies and the interplay of science and religion within them, and more generally to treat science in Islam as a humanistic enterprise.