Early Arabic Printed Books from the British Library:Religion and Law

محقق الحلي¨ جعفر بن الحسن [Muḥaqqiq al-Ḥillī, Jaʿfar ibn al-Ḥasan]. شرائع الإسلام [Sharāʾiʿ al-Islām]. Tabriz: n.p., [1867]. Early Arabic Printed Books.
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Explore Islamic faith and law with the first major text-searchable online archive of pre-twentieth century Arabic printed books

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 full collection includes books on a variety of subjects, printed from the fifteenth to nineteenth century in Arabic script, as well as translations into European and Asian languages. Together, these works demonstrate Europe’s fascination with and assimilation of ideas and knowledge originating in the Arabic-speaking world.

Early Arabic Printed Books from the British Library: Religion and Law 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.

Scholars can search on the full text of items in Arabic, English, French, German, Latin, Italian, Dutch and Spanish while also being able to discover content in Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Ottoman Turkish, Persian, Syriac and more.

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  • Law and Legal Studies
  • Middle Eastern Studies
  • Religion and Philosophy
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Full-text searching across the Arabic language materials created with newly developed optical character recognition software (OCR) for early Arabic printed script.

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A complete and selectable Arabic-Language User Interface with right-to-left read text and navigation to fully meet the research needs of Arabic speakers.

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