Abū al-ʿAbbās al-Yaʿqūbī was a Muslim imperial official and polymath of the third/ninth century. On the occasion of the publication of
The Works of Ibn Wāḍiḥ al-Yaʿqūbī. An English translation, edited by Matthew S. Gordon, Chase F. Robinson, Everett K. Rowson, and Michael Fishbein (Leiden, 2017-2018), Brill is making the classic Arabic edition of al-Yaʿqūbī’s
Taʾrīkh by M.Th. Houtsma (2 vols., 1883) available in paperback for the first time.
Volume 1 covers Pre-Islamic history, from Adam and Eve to the Patriarchs and Prophets of ancient Israel; Jesus and the Apostles; Assyria, Babylonia, and India; the Greek and Persian Empires; a variety of other regions including China and Ethiopia; and a section on the pre-Islamic Arabs. The current volume offers the Arabic text only. The English translation is found in vol. 2 of
The Works of Ibn Wāḍiḥ al-Yaʿqūbī.
Martijn Theodoor Houtsma (1851-1943), invariably referred to as M. Th. Houtsma, was a Dutch orientalist. He was a fellow of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a leading expert on the history of the Seljuks. He remains best known for his work as editor of the first edition (1913–38) of Brill´s
Encyclopaedia of Islam.
All interested in the early and medieval Islamic period and the history of the caliphate; geography, urbanisation and commerce in the medieval Mediterranean; the transmission of Late Antique culture and intellectual heritage into Arabic; Arabic society and culture.