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Part of the Edinburgh Studies in Classical Islamic History and Culture Series
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.
|Publication date:||30th November 2019|
|Publisher:||Edinburgh University Press|
|Categories:||Early history: c 500 to c 1450/1500, Social & cultural history,|
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).More About Konrad Hirschler