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Regula Forster

Wissensvermittlung im Gespräch ist die erste Monographie über die Verwendung der Dialogform in der arabischen Literatur. Regula Forster untersucht dazu ein umfangreiches Korpus klassisch-arabischer Dialoge ganz unterschiedlichen Inhalts (Religion, Jurisprudenz, Alchemie, Geschichte etc.) aus der Zeit zwischen dem 8. und der Mitte des 11. Jahrhunderts. Sie zeigt auf, dass arabische Dialoge nicht einfach als dialogisierte Abhandlungen zu verstehen sind. Vielmehr erschaffen Dialoge eigene literarische Universen, indem sie Figuren in Zeit und Raum agieren lassen und spezifische Formen der Argumentation und Textstrukturierung verwenden. Durch die spezifische literarische Form des wissensvermittelnden Dialogs wird auch der Inhalt der Texte gelenkt.

This is the first book-length study about the usage of the form of literary dialogue in Arabic literature. Regula Forster studies an extensive corpus of Classical Arabic didactic dialogues on very different subjects (religion, jurisprudence, alchemy, history, etc.) from the 8th to the mid-11th centuries.
She shows that Arabic dialogues are by no means dialogised treatises. Rather, they create a literary universe of their own. In this universe, figures are shown to be acting and speaking in time and space. Therefore, the dialogues use specific forms of argumentation and structuring. Through the use of the literary form of dialogue the content of these texts is shaped and the knowledge presented channelled.


Jacob Langeloh

In Erzählte Argumente. Exempla und historische Argumentation in politischen Traktaten c. 1265–1325, Jacob Langeloh describes how medieval political writers around the year 1300 employed historical arguments.
Scholastic authors are commonly thought to be oblivious to history. This study shows that they not only showed great respect for historical arguments, but that they also displayed a refined technique in using them. In addition to case studies ranging from Thomas Aquinas to Dante Alighieri and up to Marsilius of Padua, Jacob Langeloh also offers a functional description of both Exempla and narrated historical argument.

Der magische Schriftsteller Gustav Meyrink, seine Freunde und sein Werk

beleuchtet anhand eines Rundgangs durchdie Meyrink-Sammlung der Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica, Amsterdam, unter Verwendung weiterer Sammlungen

Theodor Harmsen

This study describes the collection of Gustav Meyrink’s correspondence, autographs and printed editions in the Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica, with reference to other important Meyrink collections. The book offers brief introductions to various contexts and themes relevant to an understanding of this German author of fantastical and esoteric literature as well as a bibliographical description of the collection.

V-6 Ordinis quinti tomus sextus

Christiani matrimonii institutio - Vidua Christiana


Edited by A.G. Weiler and M. Cytowska

The sixth volume of Ordo V of the Amsterdam edition of the Latin texts of Erasmus presents the instruction for a Christian marriage and a consolation for a Christian widow. It offers the Latin texts in a critical edition and a comprehensive introduction in German to the Institutio as well as a concise one in French to the Vidua, and commentary notes including an identification of sources quoted, and, where relevant, any linguistic, philological, theological or historical background information necessary to understand the Latin text.

Singen für die Seligkeit

Studien zu einer Liedersammlung der Devotio moderna: Zwolle, Historisch Centrum Overijssel, coll. Emmanuelshuizen, cat. VI. Mit Edition und Faksimile


Ulrike Hascher-Burger

This volume concerns a music manuscript written at the end of the fifteenth century and associated with the Brethren of the Common Life at Zwolle. The manuscript is bound together with an incunable containing one of the most influential theological treatises of the Devotio moderna: the De spiritualibus ascensionibus of Gerard Zerbolt of Zutphen. The music manuscript contains 25 one-part hymns and two text excerpts on the Four Last Things (death, judgement, heaven, and hell), the core theme of the Brethren’s penitential meditation. The book deals with the codicological construction of the book, the transmission, and the function of the songs in their context of the practice of pentitential meditation. The multidisciplinary study makes an important contribution to research on hymns in the late Middle Ages as well as on the music and spirituality of the Devotio moderna.

Die Visio Pauli

Wege und Wandlungen einer orientalischen Apokryphe im lateinischen Mittelalter. Unter Einschluß der alttsechischen und deutschsprachigen Textzeugen.


Lenka Jiroušková

The book offers a complete edition of 115 Latin, Old Czech and German texts, for the most part transcribed for the first time. This forms the basis for an investigation of the dissemination of the Visio Pauli in medieval Europe; on its incorporation into new, changing contexts of transmission and combinations of text as well as on its vernacular translation. In so doing the author shows that the Apocrypha (the apocalypse of Paul) which arose in the East in late antiquity and their European transformation ( Visio Pauli) – one as a closed text, the other as an open text – represent in their complex history of transmission two completely different versions of one and the same material. The structure of a text is here seen in the context of its dispersion and in the concrete uses to which it is put. Establishing variable and open factors, the circumstances, consequences and description of establishing these, is the actual subject of this investigation.

II-3 Ordinis secundi tomus tertius

Adagiorum chilias secunda


Edited by M. Szymanski

The third volume of the Adagia (Proverbs) of the Amsterdam edition of the Latin texts of Erasmus gives an introduction in German and a critical edition of the Latin text of the first half of the second thousand Adages. The text is accompanied by notes in German that trace Erasmus’ sources and give linguistic, historical, philological and, where appropriate, theological background information which elucidates the text and Erasmus’ way of working.

II-9 Ordinis secundi tomus nonus

Adagiorum collectanea


Edited by Felix Heinimann and M.L. van Poll-van de Lisdonk

The ninth and last volume of the Adagia (Proverbs) of the Amsterdam edition of the Latin texts of Erasmus gives an introduction in German and a critical edition of the Latin text of the Collectanea, an early collection of proverbs, which differs from lter editions of the Adages. The text is accompanied by notes in German that trace Erasmus’ sources and give linguistic, historical, philological and, where appropriate, theological background information.
This volume also comprises general indices to volumes II, 1-9.

Studien und Texte zur literarischen und materiellen Kultur der Frauenklöster im späten Mittelalter

Ergebnisse eines Arbeitsgesprächs in der Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel, 24.-26. Febr. 1999


Edited by Falk Eisermann, Eva Schlotheuber and Volker Honemann

This volume contains 11 contributions that open up unknown and unstudied sources for the culture of nunneries in the later Middle Ages using examples from Germany, Switzerland and England. It focuses on the spiritual life of nuns, their education and vocational training, forms of art and piety, legal status position, and aspects of monastic architecture. Edited here for the first time are a treatise or Sendbrief on simony, a Low-German rule for Franciscan nuns, and documents on the reformation history of North-German nunneries. Art-historical contributions discuss the relationship of text and image in vernacular manuscripts. Archaeological and textual studies explore the relevance of claustration for the development of architecture. Furthermore, the history of education and libraries is discussed in studies on the instruction of young Benedictine nuns in Northern Germany, on the libraries of Dominican convents and a Saxon Cistercian nunnery.

Contributors include: Wolfgang Brandis, Falk Eisermann, Jeffrey F. Hamburger, Volker Honemann, Annette Kern-Stähler, Margit Mersch, Hans-Jochen Schiewer, Eva Schlotheuber, Peter Schmidt, Werner Williams-Krapp, and Marius Winzeler.


Edited by Ewald Könsgen and Peter Dinter

During his long tenure at the university of Paris, John of Garland, one of the most prolific writers of the 13th century wrote, in addition to more ambitious literary works, several didactic texts on grammar, rhetoric, and theology. With didactic brevity his Misteria Ecclesie focus on the symbolism of the church-buildings, the ecclesiastical order of the clergy, the vestments, (the prayers said at) the canonical hours, the liturgical year, mass, and the eucharist. As the source, a prose-treatise by Ps.- Hugo of St. Victor could be identified.
For the edition, 30 manuscripts (13-15th centuries) from England, France, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Italy were used. A German translation and extensive quotations from Ps.-Hugo have been added (Ms Brugge 147, ca. 1200 AD). The edition is augmented by a commentary and indices by Peter Dinter.