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Explore Arabic literature and language using the first major text-searchable online archive of pre-twentieth century Arabic printed books
Early Arabic Printed Books from the British Library represents one of the world's most important Arabic collections, based on A.G. Ellis' 1894-1901 catalogue. The full collection includes a variety of books printed from the 15th to 19th 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: Literature, Grammar, Language, Catalogues and Periodicals is a full-text searchable archive of early Arabic printed books of folktales, pre-Islamic literature, Islamic poetry and prose, proverbs and sayings, language and lexicography, dictionaries, grammar, syntax, rhetoric, manuscript publication records, and periodicals that provide insight and multiple points of entry into the study of the cultural, intellectual, and social lives of the people of the Middle East.
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 through detailed metadata.
Platform Features & Tools
Optical Character Recognition
Full-text searching across Arabic language texts with newly developed optical character recognition software (OCR).
Arabic-Language User Interface
Meet the research needs of Arabic speakers with a complete and selectable Arabic interface with right-to-left text and navigation.
Library of Congress Subject Indexing to facilitate discovery and research of content by subject.