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Medieval Damascus: Plurality and Diversity in an Arabic Library: The Ashrafiya Library Catalogue

Konrad Hirschler


The written text was a pervasive feature of cultural practices in the medieval Middle East. At the heart of book circulation stood libraries that experienced a rapid expansion from the twelfth century onwards. While the existence of these libraries is well known our knowledge of their content and structure has been very limited as hardly any medieval Arabic catalogues have been preserved. This book discusses the largest and earliest medieval library of the Middle East for which we have documentation – the Ashrafiya library in the very centre of Damascus – and edits its catalogue. This catalogu ... More

Keywords: Medieval history, Middle East, history of libraries, Damascus, history of idea, Mamluk Studies, Manuscript Studies, Ayyubid history, History of Reading and Writing, Syrian History, Library history, Medieval Islamic History, Islamic Intellectual History, Islamic Manuscripts, circulation of texts and books, history of the book, electronic editing and digital humanities

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781474408776
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474408776.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Konrad Hirschler, author
University of London