History of the Arabic Written Tradition Supplement Volume 2


The present English translation reproduces the original German of Carl Brockelmann’s Geschichte der Arabischen Litteratur (GAL) as accurately as possible. In the interest of user-friendliness the following emendations have been made in the translation: Personal names are written out in full, except b. for ibn; Brockelmann’s transliteration of Arabic has been adapted to comply with modern standards for English-language publications; modern English equivalents are given for place names, e.g. Damascus, Cairo, Jerusalem, etc.; several erroneous dates have been corrected, and the page references to the two German editions have been retained in the margin, except in the Supplement volumes, where new references to the first two English volumes have been inserted.
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Table of contents

Note to the Reader

Third Book: The Decline of Islamic Literature

First Section From Mongol Rule Until the Conquest of Egypt by Sultan Selīm I in the Year 1517
 Chapter 1. Egypt and Syria
 Chapter 2. Iraq and al-Jazīra
 Chapter 3. North Arabia
 Chapter 4. South Arabia
 Chapter 5. Iran and Tūrān
 Chapter 6. India
 Chapter 7. The Turks of Rūm and the Ottomans
 Chapter 8. North Africa
 Chapter 9. Spain

Second Section From the Conquest of Egypt by Sultan Selīm I in 1517 to the Napoleonic Expedition to Egypt in 1798
 Chapter 1. Egypt and Syria
 Chapter 2. Al-Jazīra, Iraq, and Bahrain
 Chapter 3. North Arabia
 Chapter 4. South Arabia
 Chapter 5. Oman, East Africa, and Abyssinia
 Chapter 6. Iran and Tūrān
 Chapter 7. India
 Chapter 8. The Malay Archipelago
 Chapter 9. Rumelia and Anatolia
 Chapter 10. The Maghreb
 Chapter 11. The Sudan

Third Section From the Napoleonic Expedition to Egypt Until the British Occupation
 Chapter 1. Egypt
 Chapter 2. Syria
 Chapter 3. Mesopotamia and Iraq
 Chapter 4. North Arabia
 Chapter 5. South Arabia
 Chapter 6. Oman
 Chapter 7. Persia
 Chapter 8. Afghanistan
 Chapter 9. India
 Chapter 10. Ceylon, Farther India, and the Malay Archipelago
 Chapter 11. Istanbul
 Chapter 12. Russia
 Chapter 13. The Maghreb
 Chapter 14. The Sudan

Appendix. A Selective Listing of Authors of Unknown Place and Date, in Alphabetical Order
 1 Poetry
 2 Rhymed Prose and Popular Literature
 3 Philology
 4 Historiography
 5 Ḥadīth
 6 Fiqh
 7 Sciences of the Qurʾān
 8 Dogmatics and Polemics
 9 Mysticism and Edifying Works
 10 Philosophy and Politics
 11 Mathematics and Astronomy
 12 Geography and Cosmography
 13 Medicine
 14 Eroticism
 15 Natural Sciences and Technology
 16 Alchemy
 17 Music
 18 Sports
 19 Occult Sciences
 20 Encyclopaedias


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