Die Rifa'iya aus Damaskus : Eine Privatbibliothek im Osmanischen Syrien und ihr kulturelles Umfeld

Liebrenz, Boris author

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  • Creator von Boris Liebrenz
  • Format Books
  • Publication Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2016.
  • Series
  • Physical Details
    • xvi, 421 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm
  • ISBNs 9789004311510, 9004311513
  • OCLC ocn935690651


  • In Die Rifāīya Boris Liebrenz explores the book culture of Ottoman Syria (16th to 19th century), using the only surviving Damascene private library of the time as a vantage point. He asks about the production and transmission of knowledge as well as the social background of the reading audience in a manuscript age. Scholarship on Arabic libraries has often focussed on the medieval period and relied nearly exclusively on literary accounts. This is the first book-length study that focuses on a single region in the Ottoman period and systematically uses the vast number of surviving manuscripts as a documentary source by means of the notes left by their readers and possessors. Thus, it sheds light on the material, juridical, and social basis of book-ownership and reading-- Provided by Publisher.


  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 375-405) and indexes.


  • Die Bibliothek -- Die Umwelt der Rifa'iya -- Die Leser -- Schluss
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