Bibliotheca Arabica – Towards a New History of Arabic Literature (Universität Leipzig)
"The Bibliotheca Arabica project is dedicated to centuries of this written tradition that have not thus far received sufficient attention from scholars. By combining literary and manuscript studies, the project aims to gain new insights into Arabic literature from 1150 to 1850 CE. Ways of production, transmission, and reception of texts will be analysed with a transregional perspective that will go beyond the famous cultural centres, namely Egypt and Syria. Together with the works of literature themselves—including religious and scientific texts—focus is placed on individuals, such as authors who wrote on specific topics, readers who made use of certain works, owners who collected the manuscripts into libraries, and scholars who commented on various works and ensured their transmission through time and across regions. Recording and cross-linking names and activities in a digital research platform will create a resource for exploring the local and translocal dynamics that shaped cultural life. To this end, the project’s online database will integrate specific information from manuscript catalogues (such as titles, names, institutions, locations, and dates), as well as notes from within the manuscripts themselves (such as readers’ and owners’ entries, colophons, and selected annotations)."