Brockelmann in English: The History of the Arabic Written Tradition Online Related publications

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Subject: Middle East and Islamic Studies

This online publication is the English translation of Brockelmann's famous Geschichte der Arabischen Litteratur (GAL). Brockelmann's work offers bio-bibliographic information about works written in Arabic and their authors, with an emphasis on the classical period. It is divided in chronologically organized sections, which are subdivided by literary genre. Individual entries typically consist of a biographical section and a list of the author’s works in manuscript and print, with references to secondary literature. Unlike the German original, the English translation spells out all the authors' names, which makes the translation much easier to consult. Minor errors in converted dates have also been corrected.

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(click on one of the volumes to open the complete table of contents of that volume)

  • Volume 1
    • Introduction
    • First Book - The National Literature of the Arabs
    • Second Book: Islamic Literature in the Arabic Language
  • Volume 2
    • Third Book: The Decline of Islamic Literature.
    • Appendices
  • Supplement Volume 1
    • Introduction
    • First Book: The National Literature of the Arabs
    • Second Book: Islamic Literature in the Arabic Language
  • Supplement Volume 2
    • Third Book: The Decline of Islamic Literature
    • Appendix A

This online edition of the History of the Arabic Written Tradition by Carl Brockelmann, translated by Joep Lameer, is based on the printed version, consisting of five volumes:

References to the first and second edition of the Geschichte der Arabischen Litteratur (GAL) are given in the margin of the printed volumes. In this online edition these references are placed within the text:

  • |123 : Page numbers in blue refer to first edition. As in the second edition of GAL, the placement of these numbers is often approximate, but sufficient to find one’s way.
  • |123 : Page numbers in red refer to the second, enlarged and supplemented edition.

Each chapter in this online edition starts with a reference to Volume, Book and Section. The volume information refers to the printed volumes of this English translation and is linked to the table of contents of that volume. The Book and Section structured is copied from Brockelmann's Geschichte der Arabischen Litteratur. Next to this information links to the previous chapter and the corresponding German version are given. The link to the German version links to the same chapter in the second edition of GAL. At the end of a chapter a link to the next chapter is given.

Besides reading this online edition as a book (using the table of contents and the previous and next chapter links), this online edition allows full text searching using the search box at the top of the screen.