Based on A.G. Ellis’s catalogue of the British Library’s collection, Early Arabic Printed Books from the British Library includes examples from over 400 years of books printed in Arabic script as well as translations into European and Asian languages from the period. Together, they demonstrate Europe’s fascination, study, and assimilation of ideas and knowledge originating in the Arabic-speaking world, with its rich heritage of science, poetry, and Islamic texts.
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 seventeen other languages.
Full-text searching capabilities created with newly developed optical character recognition software (OCR) for early Arabic printed script ensures that scholars in Arabic-speaking countries and those engaged in Arabic studies across the world can equally cross-search Arabic-language materials and research this extensive range of texts.
Early Arabic Printed Books from the British Library: Literature, Grammar, Language, Catalogues and Periodicals
Early Arabic Printed Books from the British Library: Literature, Grammar, Language, Catalogues, and Periodicals showcases early Arabic printed books of folktales, pre-Islamic literature, Islamic poetry and prose, proverbs and sayings, language and lexicography, dictionaries, grammar, syntax, rhetoric, manuscript, catalogues, and periodicals.
Early Arabic Printed Books from the British Library: Religion and Law
Early Arabic Printed Books from the British Library: Religion and Law is an archive of early Arabic printed books on Islamic literature, including numerous editions of the Qur’an with translations and commentaries, traditions (hadith), works of the religious life, and Islamic law texts such as fiqh, statutes, and rulings.
Early Arabic Printed Books from the British Library: Sciences, History and Geography
Early Arabic Printed Books from the British Library: Sciences, History, and Geography presents the range of Arab learning that influenced scholarship and scientific development in Europe through the Middle Ages and Early Modern period. It features works on medicine and physiology, classical sciences, mathematics, astrology, chemistry, natural history, philosophy, logic and ethics, politics, history and genealogy, biography, travel, geography and topography.
Full-text searching across the Arabic language materials created with newly developed optical character recognition software (OCR) for early Arabic printed script.
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.
Library of Congress Subject Indexing to facilitate discovery and research of content by subject
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