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Medieval Damascus: Plurality and Diversity in an Arabic LibraryThe Ashrafiya Library Catalogue$
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Konrad Hirschler

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781474408776

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474408776.001.0001

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The Ashrafīya Catalogue: Edition

The Ashrafīya Catalogue: Edition

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Medieval Damascus: Plurality and Diversity in an Arabic Library

Konrad Hirschler

Edinburgh University Press

The diplomatic edition of the catalogue’s unique manuscript aims at representing to some extent its organisation and the edition thus includes information such as line breaks and the various rubrics that the scribe used. For the sake of legibility, the orthography has been standardised to bring it into a form familiar to modern readers. The text is thus reproduced with full diacritical marks, although they are rather rarely used in the manuscript. The organisation of the catalogue according to alphabet, size and themes is indicated by the catalogue’s writer in display script and indicated in the edition by setting these structural terms in bold.

Keywords:   library, Ayyubid, Mamluk, Damascus, madrasa, Islam

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