Dear Members of the Commission,


First of all, I would like to thank you most sincerely for the confidence that you have shown in me by electing me president of the Commission on History of Science & Technology in Islamic Societies, and I am gratified by the large numbers of members who participated in the balloting. It will be an honour and privilege to serve you and the Commission for the next four years.


I would like to thank Jamil Ragep for his services to the Commission over the past 12 years, as Secretary, Vice-president and President; Sally Ragep, for her excellent work as Secretary; and Benno van Dalen and Yunli Shi for their dedication as Counsellors. I also look forward to working with the new officers, Jan P. Hogendijk (Vice-president), Robert Morrison (Secretary), Ihsan Fazlioglu and Abdul Nasser Kaadan (Counsellors). And, last but not least, I would like to express my gratitude to all the people who were willing to stand for election.


As you know, one of the most critical challenges facing our Commission is the need to increase the visibility of our field. Building on our activities in the past terms, during which the Commission sponsored several important meetings in addition to the symposia under the framework of the International Congresses of History of Science, I am delighted to say that a number of panels will be organized by members of the Commission at the 3rd World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies (WOCMES) to be held in Barcelona, from 19th to 24th July, 2010.


Finally, I am pleased to tell you that we have started to work on the matters approved at the Budapest meeting. The acceptance of “Suhayl” as the journal published in collaboration with the Commission, the new website ( and listserve ( are the first examples. Other measures that will follow in the near future include the amendment of the bylaws so as to allow the Nominating Committee to propose multiple names, the implementation of online voting, and the creation of a Conflict Resolution Committee.


I would be most interested to hear any ideas you may have to strengthen our Commission.


With kind regards and best wishes,


Mercè Comes