The Arabic Manuscript Tradition: A Glossary of Technical Terms and Bibliography

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BRILL, 2001 - Reference - 269 pages
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Covering the entire spectrum of Arabic manuscripts, and especially the handwritten book, this book consists of a glossary of technical terms and a bibliography. The technical terms, collected from a variety of sources, embrace a vast range of topics dealing with the making and reading (studying) of Arabic manuscripts. They include: the Arabic scripts, penmanship, writing materials and implements, the make-up of the codex, copying and correction, decoration and bookbinding. A similar coverage is reflected in the bibliography.In view of the fact that, as yet, there is no concise monograph on Arabic manuscripts in the English language, this book is an important contribution to this field. And, since Arabic manuscripts represent an enormous resource for research, this work is an indispensable reference for all students of Islamic civilization.
 

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Contents

Abbreviations
156
Technical terms in the glossary
174
GENERAL AND INTRODUCTORY STUDIES
181
Terminology
195
Inks inkwells pens and other writing accessories
204
Abbreviations
212
ARABIC ALPHABET SCRIPTS
219

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About the author (2001)

Adam Gacek, currently Head of the Islamic Studies Library, McGill University (Montreal), has published many articles on Arabic manuscripts and a number of catalogues, including Arabic manuscripts in the libraries of McGill University (1991).