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A Monument to Medieval Syrian Book Culture: The Library of Ibn 'Abd al-Hadi

Konrad Hirschler

Abstract

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 ʿAbd al-Hādī Library of Damascus. On this basis, 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, q ... More

Keywords: Library, Mamluk, Damascus, Middle Eastern History, Book culture, Hanbalis, Memory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781474451567
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474451567.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Konrad Hirschler, author
Freie Universität Berlin