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

Konrad Hirschler


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


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Konrad Hirschler, author
Freie Universität Berlin