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Edited by University of Zaragoza

Andalusi Arabic is a close-knit bundle of Neo-Arabic dialects resulting from interference by Ibero-Romance stock and interaction of some Arabic dialects. These dialects are mostly Northern but there are also some Southern and hybrid ones, brought along to the Iberian Peninsula in the eighth century A.D. by an invading army of some thousands of Arab tribesmen who, in the company of a much larger number of partially Arabicized Berbers, all of them fighting men alone, succeeded in establishing Islamic political rule and Arab cultural supremacy for a long while over these lands. The study of Andalusi Arabic is of enormous interest to the Arabic dialectologist, as well as a subject of paramount importance to those concerned with the medieval literatures and cultures of Western Europe.

Arab Painting

Text and Image in Illustrated Arabic Manuscripts


Anna Contadini

Arab painting, preserved mainly in manuscript illustrations of the 12th to 14th centuries, is here treated as an artistic corpus fully deserving of appreciation in its own terms, and not as a mere precursor to Persian painting. The book assembles papers by a distinguished list of scholars that illuminate the variety of material that survives in scientific as well as literary manuscripts. Because of the contexts in which the paintings appear, a major theoretical concern is, precisely, the relationship of painting to text. It rejects earlier scholarly habits of analysing paintings in isolation, and proposes the integration of text and image as a more satisfactory framework within which to elucidate the characteristics and functions of this impressive body of work.


Cyrus Alai

Iran, or Persia as it was known in the West for most of its long history, has been mapped extensively for centuries but the absence of a good cartobibliography has often deterred scholars of its history and geography from making use of the many detailed maps that were produced. This is now available, prepared by Cyrus Alai who embarked on a lengthy investigation into the old maps of Persia, and visited major map collections and libraries in many countries.
With over four hundred separate map entries and over two hundred illustrations this work covers all the important printed general maps of Persia from the early editions of Ptolemy at the end of the 15th century until 1925 when the Qajar dynasty was overthrown. Useful historical accounts provide the background to this wealth of cartographic achievement. After a description of the many editions of Ptolemy, later maps are divided into groups according to the country where they were produced: Italy, the Low Countries, France, Germany, Great Britain, Russia, America, Persia, Turkey, and Spain with Portugal. This permits the work of a single cartographer to be handled in an uninterrupted sequence, thus aiding quick reference to a particular style of map, and its later offshoots.
At the end of each major entry, further details concerning different editions and variations, other related maps, historical notes and unique or important features are provided, thus fitting the map into its chronological background. The large number of indexes at the end of the book should enable map collectors, dealers and librarians to identify any map of Persia with ease.
This book is a good balance between history and geography, and will appeal to a wide range of readers. Many Persian maps have surely been rescued from obscurity, and it is now possible to study sequence of developing geographical knowledge over a historically and economically important part of Asia. It is unlikely to be superseded for a very long time.
This second, revised edition includes two new maps and a list of addenda.


Alexander Borg

Cypriot Arabic, an unwritten language and mother tongue of several hundred bilingual (Arabic/Greek) Maronites from Kormakiti (N.W. Cyprus), evolved from a medieval Arabic colloquial brought to the island by Christian Arab migrants (probably from Asia Minor and Syria). It represents the outcome of a unique linguistic and cultural synthesis drawing on Arabic, Aramaic, and Greek; its Arabic component also shows a hybrid areal profile combining Greater Syrian traits with formal features typical of the contemporary S.E.Anatolian-Mesopotamian dialectal continuum. A number of rare Aramaic substratal elements in Cypriot Arabic suggest a relatively early separation of its parent dialect from mainstream Arabic.
This lexicon surveys about 2000 Cypriot Arabic terms against the background of extensive comparative material from the Arabic dialects, Old Arabic, and colloquial and literary varieties of Aramaic. Many Cypriot Arabic terms are here cited with illustrative examples and ethnographic commentary where relevant. Cypriot Arabic is an endangered language; the present glossary is the most comprehensive lexical record of this scientifically intriguing variety of peripheral Arabic. It is primarily intended for orientalists and linguists specializing in comparative Semitics and Arabic dialectology.

Encyclopaedia of Islam - Indices English edition / Encyclopédie de l'Islam - Indices édition Française

Index of Subjects to Volumes I-XI and to the Supplement, Fascicules 1-6



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To accompany the existing Index of Persons, Brill has prepared an Index of Subjects, intended as an extra aid when using the Encyclopaedia of Islam. The sheer amount of information contained in the EI, and the fact that the entries are given in their Arabic form, require a good deal of searching on the part of the user, which the Index of Persons can only partially alleviate.
The Subject Index, now fully covering Volumes I-XI of the Encyclopaedia of Islam, aims to lighten the user's work by providing a guide to the EI in the form of a thesaurus. Entries are given in English and are followed by the titles of the relevant EI-articles, as well as cross-references to articles which are not primarily about that subject, but include information which could be useful.
The student and scholar of Islam are hereby given a boost in unravelling the enormous richness of Encyclopaedia of Islam.

Encyclopaedia of Islam - Indices English edition / Encyclopédie de l'Islam - Indices édition Française

Index of Proper Names to Volumes I-X & to the Supplement, Fascicules 1-6 / Index des Noms Propres des Tomes I-X & du Supplément, Livraisons 1-6


Edited by E.J. van Donzel

It is obvious that the contents of a publication such as the Encyclopaedia of Islam are by far richer than might appear from the title of the articles alone. Thus, all who work in the field of Islamic studies will welcome the appearance of the new cumulative index of proper names to volumes I - X of the Encyclopaedia of Islam.

Edited by Hugh Kennedy

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This title is part of the Encyclopaedia of Islam / Encyclopédie de l’Islam subscription, but is now also available to non-subscribers.

An Historical Atlas of Islam by William C. Brice was originally published by Brill in 1981. In November 2001, Brill published a new edition of An Historical Atlas of Islam / Atlas Historique de l'Islam, completely revised and substantially augmented by Professor Hugh Kennedy.

This unique publication provides an overview of Islamic history from its inception up to the beginning of the twentieth century.

An Historical Atlas of Islam/Atlas Historique de l’Islam is divided into ten sections:
- The Early Muslim Earth and Sky
- The Extension of the Muslim World
- The Arabian Peninsula
- Egypt and the Fertile Crescent
- Iran and Transoxania
- The Caucasus
- Anatolia and the Balkans
- Al-Andalus (Spain and Portugal) and al-Maghrib
- India and the Indian Ocean
- The Far East

Throughout these sections a broad variety of topics is being covered. From The Arabian Peninsula in the time of the Hijra to al-Andalus and al-Maghrib: The Muslim Conquest, and from Medieval Islamic Egypt to Islam in China.

About one third of the maps in this second edition are new and include
- Environments and Mineral Resources of the Islamic World
- Yemen and the Hadramaut
- The Arabian Peninsula in Islamic Times
- Iran under the Mongols; and under the Savafid and Qajar Dynasties
- The Fertile Crescent
- Caucasus in the Early Middle Ages
- The Maghrib in the Age of Almoravids & Almohads
- and many other regional maps.

Other maps in this edition, already available in the first edition, have been edited to make them even more consistent and accurate, e.g.
- The Muslim World
- Arabia
- Byzantine Anatolia
- Saljuq Anatolia
- Spain and the Mahgrib

A substantial number of new city maps has also been added to the second edition of An Historical Atlas of Islam/Atlas Historique de l’Islam, including
- Sanaa
- Damascus
- Aleppo
- Mosul
- Baghdad
- Cairo
- Isfahan
- Samarkand
- Cordoba
- Granada
- Delhi
- and many others.

The maps are intended to give historians of urban development an idea of the shape and structure of the cities and to assist them in locating city gates, walls and major monuments as they are referred to in historical texts. To achieve this, the maps reflect the situation before the changes of the twentieth century.

An Historical Atlas of Islam/Atlas Historique de l’Islam also includes a CD-ROM with all maps from the printed version. A user friendly navigation function, using an alphabetical index of places and regions guarantees quick and efficient access to the maps. Each individual map can be viewed in detail using the four-level zoom function.

CD-ROM System Requirements - Macromedia Director software

- Power Macintosh
- 12x CD-Rom player
- Mac OS 8.5 or later
- 64Mb RAM or more recommende for best performance
- 32Mb RAM minimal to run low-resolution version
- 16Mb available disk space
- Monitor resolution of 800x600

- Pentium II
- CD-Rom player (12x speed)
- 64Mb RAM or more recommende for best performance
- 32Mb RAM minimal to run low-resolution version
- 16Mb available disk space
- Monitor resolution of 800x600

Salma Khadra Jayyusi

The civilization of medieval Muslim Spain is perhaps the most brilliant and prosperous of its age. It has proved essential to the direction which civilization in medieval Europe took. In this monumental, collected work, all major aspects of Islamic civilization in medieval Spain, including its influence on medieval Christianity, are dealt with in a comprehensive manner. This indispensable compendium is highly recommended to experts and to everyone interested in the legacy of Muslim Spain. It offers a variety of information and presents it in an encyclopedic fashion, combining a high level of scholarship and a wide range of subject that bring this period of Arab-Islamic history to life. It is the first study in any language to deal with all major aspects of Islamic civilization in medieval Spain.

Encyclopaedia of Islam - Indices English edition / Encyclopédie de l'Islam - Indices édition Française

Glossary and Index of Terms to Volumes I-IX and to the Supplement, Fascicules 1-6


Edited by Peri Bearman, E.J. van Donzel, Bosworth, Heinrichs and Thierry Bianquis

The Glossary & Index of Terms is, next to the Index of Proper Names and the Index of Subjects the third key to the vast corpus of knowledge contained in The Encyclopaedia of Islam.
The Glossary & Index of Terms, now brought up to date with the data of volume nine of the main work (1997, 920 pages), deals with the terms in Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Urdu and other languages or dialects of the Islamic world.
Especially the listing of terms which are not given as a headword in The Encyclopaedia itself, but are discussed in the course of an article - and consequently hard to be found - will be of value to scholars and non-specialists alike.
Highly recommended for use with The Encyclopaedia of Islam.

Bibliography of Islamic Philosophy )2 vols)

Alphabetical List of Publications


Hans Daiber

This comprehensive bibliography covers more than 9500 primary and secondary sources for the study of Islamic Philosophy. The Alphabetical List (volume I) includes all known publications in western and non-western languages from the 15th century to the present, including Greek and Syriac sources. The Index (volume 2) covers information on authors, texts, translations and commentaries, and philosophical terms and concepts.

This bibliography shows the importance of Islamic thought for Jewish and medieval Latin scholasticism and its influence on modern European and Islamic thought. It is prefaced by an essay on the history and the significance of the study of Islamic philosophy.

"A reliable bibliography is one of the basic elements for every serious library".