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Early Arabic Printed Books from the British Library

Publication Details

  • Time-span 1475 - 1900
  • Subscription Type SUBSCRIPTION
  • License Information Unlimited simultaneous users licensed.
  • Publisher Gale
  • Languages Arabic, English, French, German, Latin, Italian, Dutch, Spanish, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Turkish, ottoman, Persian, Syriac
  • Resource Types E-Books and E-Texts, Images and Sound
  • Description Early Arabic Printed Books from the British Library is the online presentation of one of the world's most important Arabic collections, based on A.G. Ellis's 1894-1901 record of publications. The collection has several modules that bring together books on a variety of subjects, printed from the 15th to 19th century in Arabic script, as well as translations into European and Asian languages. UW-Madison access is currently limited to the Religion and Law module, which includes works of Islamic literature, key among which are numerous editions of the Qur'an with translations and commentaries, traditions (hadith), works of the religious life, and much more. Islamic law materials include works of Hanafi law, Maliki law, and Shafi'i Law, as well as fiqh, statutes, and rulings. The works included in this collection demonstrate Europe's fascination with, and assimilation of ideas and knowledge originating in the Arabic-speaking world.