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Delve into the rich study of sciences, history, and geography by Arab thinkers using the first major text-searchable online archive of pre-20th century Arabic printed books
Early Arabic Printed Books from the British Library represents the digitization 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. Early Arabic Printed Books: Sciences, History, and Geography presents the range of Arab learning that influenced the 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.
Among the major works are:
- Al-Wahidi's Kitab al-Maghazi
- Ansab al-ashraf by al-Baladhuri
- Al-Khulasat al-nakiyat by al-Mas'udi
- Editions of Al-Mukhtasar fi ta'rikh al-bashar by Abu al-Fida
- Izz al-Din Abu al-Hasan 'Ali ibn Muhammad Ibn al-Athir's al-Kamil
- Ibn Khaldun's Kitab al-Ibar and Muqaddima
- Histories by Rifa'a Rafi' al-Tahtawi.
- Kitab 'Aja'ib al-Hind on India
- Masalik al-absar by ibn Fadl Allah al-Umari
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.
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.