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This online publication is the English translation of Brockelmann's famous Geschichte der Arabischen Litteratur (GAL). Brockelmann's work offers bio-bibliographic information about works written in Arabic and their authors, with an emphasis on the classical period. It is divided in chronologically organized sections, which are subdivided by literary genre. Individual entries typically consist of a biographical section and a list of the author’s works in manuscript and print, with references to secondary literature. Unlike the German original, the English translation spells out all the authors' names, which makes the translation much easier to consult. Minor errors in converted dates have also been corrected.
Brockelmann's History of the Arabic Written Tradition Online includes links to the German version online, allowing users to switch between the two languages.
The “Brockelmann” is an indispensable research tool for anyone working on the Islamic world in general and the Middle East in particular.
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