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The Arabic manuscript tradition : a glossary of technical terms and bibliography /
by Adam Gacek.
imprint
Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2001.
description
xvi, 269 p.
ISBN
9004120610 (alk. paper)
format(s)
Book
Holdings
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Adam Gacek is currently Head of the Islamic Studies Library, McGill University (Montreal).
Reviews
Review Quotes
…an indispensable research, library, and archival companion for students and researchers that are interested in bibliomancy, calligraphy, specifically Arabic, Qur'anic manuscripts, penmanship, bookbinding, papermaking, decoration, and the tools associated with all these crafts. Praise for this monumental effort is essentially superfluous and no library or centre which is concerned with the Islamic manuscript and book tradition should be without the set. Academics and researchers would also find the books as indispensable companions. Amidu Olalekan Sanni, JOAS, 2010
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Summaries
Description for Reader
All those interested in the handwritten transmission of knowledge and book culture in Islamic civilization, and more specifically palaeographers, codicologists, philologists, editors of manuscripts, medievalists, and historians of art.
Main Description
Covering the entire spectrum of Arabic manuscripts, and especially the handwritten book, this book consists of a glossary of technical terms and a bibliography. The technical terms, collected from a variety of sources, embrace a vast range of topics dealing with the making and reading (studying) of Arabic manuscripts. They include: the Arabic scripts, penmanship, writing materials and implements, the make-up of the codex, copying and correction, decoration and bookbinding. A similar coverage is reflected in the bibliography.In view of the fact that, as yet, there is no concise monograph on Arabic manuscripts in the English language, this book is an important contribution to this field. And, since Arabic manuscripts represent an enormous resource for research, this work is an indispensable reference for all students of Islamic civilization.
Unpaid Annotation
Covering the entire spectrum of Arabic manuscripts, and especially the handwritten book, this book consists of a glossary of technical terms and a bibliography. The technical terms, collected from a variety of sources, embrace a vast range of topics dealing with the making and reading (studying) of Arabic manuscripts. They include: the Arabic scripts, penmanship, writing materials and implements, the make-up of the codex, copying and correction, decoration and bookbinding. A similar coverage is reflected in the bibliography. In view of the fact that, as yet, there is no concise monograph on Arabic manuscripts in the English language, this book is an important contribution to this field. And, since Arabic manuscripts represent an enormous resource for research, this work is an indispensable reference for all students of Islamic civilization.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgementsp. XI
Prefacep. XIII
Glossary ([characters not reproducible])p. 1
Abbreviationsp. 156
Sources/Referencesp. 156
Technical terms in the glossaryp. 174
Bibliographyp. 177
General and Introductory Studiesp. 181
Bibliographiesp. 181
Periodicalsp. 182
Conference proceedings and composite worksp. 182
General studies and surveysp. 184
Selected studies of one or more manuscriptsp. 187
Manuscript production and culture (wiraqah)p. 190
Libraries (selected bibliographies and studies)p. 191
History of manuscripts (ownership statements, seal impressions, waqf-statements, etc.)p. 193
Popular culture in manuscriptsp. 194
Forgeriesp. 194
Terminologyp. 195
Writing Surfaces, Materials and Implementsp. 195
General studiesp. 195
Papyrusp. 197
Parchmentp. 198
Paperp. 198
Non-watermarked paper and paper in the Islamic worldp. 198
Bibliographyp. 198
Papermaking recipes and ethicsp. 198
Studiesp. 199
Watermarked paper and filigranologyp. 203
Inks, inkwells, pens and other writing accessoriesp. 204
Textblock (Quires, Signatures, Etc.)p. 206
The Text, Its Composition and Arrangementp. 207
Types of compositions, their parts, etc.p. 207
Page lay-out (mise en page)p. 208
Colophon and scribal versesp. 208
Dates, dating and numeralsp. 209
Bibliography, chronologyp. 209
Alpha-numerical and numerical systemsp. 209
Abjad, hisab al-jummal, chronogramsp. 210
Greek (Coptic) numeralsp. 210
Rumi (Fasi) numeralsp. 210
Dating by fractionsp. 211
Calendars, conversion tables, dynastiesp. 211
Abbreviationsp. 212
Arabic nomenclaturep. 213
Transcription, corrections and etiquettep. 213
Transmission of Knowledgep. 215
General studiesp. 215
Transmission of individual worksp. 216
Ijazat and samaatp. 216
Arabic Alphabet, Scripts and Palaeographyp. 219
Albums and exhibition cataloguesp. 219
Library catalogues with reproductions of specimensp. 220
Studiesp. 221
Generalp. 221
Maghribi and African scriptsp. 223
The Arts of the Bookp. 224
Generalp. 224
Bibliographiesp. 224
General studies and exhibition cataloguesp. 224
Albums (muraqqa at)p. 226
Calligraphyp. 227
Bibliographies and dictionariesp. 227
Exhibition cataloguesp. 227
Pre-20th century texts on calligraphy and penmanshipp. 228
Calligraphers and calligraphers' diplomasp. 229
Studies and albums (by modern calligraphers)p. 232
Ornament and painted decorationp. 236
Painted illustrationp. 238
Drawingp. 238
Other studiesp. 238
Descriptions of individual worksp. 239
Lacquerp. 240
Papercutsp. 241
Decorated paper (marbled paper, etc.)p. 241
Bookbindingp. 242
Bibliographyp. 242
Pre-18th century textsp. 242
Other studiesp. 243
Quranic Manuscriptsp. 247
Exhibition cataloguesp. 247
Early Qur'ans and fragmentsp. 247
Later Qur'ansp. 251
Facsimile editionsp. 255
Textual Criticism and Editingp. 256
General studiesp. 256
Some specific casesp. 259
Cataloguingp. 261
Preservation and Conservationp. 263
Catalogues of Manuscripts, Collections, Etc.p. 266
Bibliographies and bio-bibliographies of the Arabic heritagep. 266
Lists of dated manuscriptsp. 266
Catalogues of cataloguesp. 267
Descriptions of collections and cataloguesp. 267
Catalogues of edited manuscriptsp. 268
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