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Book Culture in Late Medieval Syria The Ibn 'Abd Al-Hadi Library of Damascus

by Konrad Hirschler

Part of the Edinburgh Studies in Classical Islamic History and Culture Series

Book Culture in Late Medieval Syria The Ibn 'Abd Al-Hadi Library of Damascus Synopsis

In the late medieval period, manuscripts galore circulated in Middle Eastern libraries. Yet very few book collections have come down to us as such or have left a documentary trail. This book discusses the largest private book collection of the pre-Ottoman Arabic Middle East for which we have both a paper trail and a surviving corpus of the manuscripts that once sat on its shelves: the Ibn 'Abd al-Hadi Library of Damascus. The book suggests that this library was part of the owner's symbolic strategy to monumentalise a vanishing world of scholarship bound to his life, family, quarter and home city.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781474451567
Publication date: 30th November 2019
Author: Konrad Hirschler
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 536 pages
Categories: Early history: c 500 to c 1450/1500, Social & cultural history,

About Konrad Hirschler

Konrad Hirschler is Professor of Islamic Studies at Freie Universit t Berlin and former Professor of Middle Eastern History at SOAS (London). His research focuses on Egypt and Syria in the Ayyubid and Mamluk periods (c. 1200-1500). He is the author of Medieval Damascus (EUP, 2016), The Written Word in the Medieval Arabic Lands (EUP, 2012) and Medieval Arabic Historiography: Authors as Actors (Routledge, 2006).

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