The range of subjects and titles available to Strachan in eastern libraries is covered by reference to the library of the Ashrafiya Madrassa in Damascus. The affordability of manuscripts is also discussed in this chapter. Strachan’s choice of poetry and Islamic studies for his collection is contrasted with the dearth of these subjects available in Europe to scholars such as Erpenius. In manuscripts which have a date of purchase, an analysis of the Latin glosses entered by Strachan is used to assess his progress in understanding the Arabic language and eastern culture. The chapter concludes with an explanation of how Strachan’s manuscripts came to make a profound contribution to the work of later European scholars, especially Marracci.
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