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Taro Mimura, MA (University of Tokyo), PhD (University of Tokyo)
Associate Professor – Environmental Sciences

Contact : taromimura[at]


Taro Mimura Taro Mimura obtained his PhD in History of Science from the University of Tokyo in 2008. The title of his PhD thesis was 'The raison d'être of Classical Greek Scholarship in the Abbasid Dynasty from a view point of the Development of the Demonstrative Sciences'. From 2009 to 2012, he was a research assistant at the Institute of Islamic Studies on 'Rational Science in Islam' project at McGill University (Canada), and from 2012 to 2016, a research associate on the 'Arabic Commentaries on the Hippocratic Aphorisms' project at the University of Manchester, and then from 2016 to 2020, he was an associate professor at the Hiroshima University.

Research Interests

Mimura's research interest lies in the history of ancient and medieval science, especially focusing on scientific activities in the Islamicate world.

Selected Publications

Taro Mimura, "The Attribution of an Arabic Commentary on Naṣīr al-Dīn al-Ṭūsī's Taḥrīr al-Majisṭī to Shams al-Dīn al-Samarqandī", Nazariyat: Journal for the History of Islamic Philosophy and Sciences 8-2 (2022), 145-166.
Taro Mimura, "Greek Scientific and Philosophical Knowledge as a Survival Tool for a Religious Minority at the Abbasid Court: The Case of Thābit ibn Qurra", Sophia Journal of Asian, African, and Middle Eastern Studies 39 (2021), 33-47.
Taro Mimura, "Ghulāms (Slave Boys) and Scientific Research in the Abbasid Period: The Example of the Amājūr Family", Historia Scientiarum 29 (2020), 182-197.