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 Specimen historiae Arabum
(1,498 words)

Lumaʿ min akhbār al-ʿArab

‘A study of the history of the Arabs’

Edward Pococke

Date: 1650

Original Language: Latin (with Arabic, Hebrew and Syriac)


By 1650, Pococke had regained the Chair of Arabic at Oxford, as he stoutly declared on the title page of Specimen, his first work in Islamic scholarship and the first publication in Oxford using Arabic script (which may explain the long list of errata). Its full title is [Luma ʿ  min akhbār al- ʿ Arab], Specimen historiae Arabum, sive, Grego…

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Matar, Nabil, “ Specimen historiae Arabum”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 1500 - 1900, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 14 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2015

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