Classic Arabic Texts Online (Brill) : trois nouvelles références

Classic Arabic Texts Online Part 1 (CATO-1) offers approx. 19,000 pages of classic Brill editions of Arabic texts in a full-text searchable format and accessible from one single point of entry.

Kitāb Futūḥ al-buldān (Arabic text)

Author: Aḥmad b. Yaḥyā al-Balādhūrī
Edited by: M.J. de Goeje (1866)

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The Kitāb Futūḥ al-buldān by Aḥmad b. Yaḥyā al-Balādhūrī (d. c. 892 CE), edited by M.J. de Goeje and originally titled Liber expugnationis regionum (Leiden, 1866), offers an account of the early conquests of the Islamic polity. It has the form of a geographical survey of the Caliphate’s territories, describing how each location came under Muslim rule.

Kitāb Futūḥ al-buldān (English translation)

Subtitle: The Origins of the Islamic State
Author: Aḥmad b. Yaḥyā al-Balādhūrī
Translation by: P.K. Ḥitti (volume I: 1916) and F.C. Murgotten (volume II: 1924)

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The Origins of the Islamic State is the English translation of Kitāb Futūḥ al-buldān, written by Aḥmad b. Yaḥyā al-Balādhūrī (d. c. 892 CE). The work offers an account of the early conquests of the Islamic polity. It has the form of a geographical survey of the Caliphate’s territories, describing how each location came under Muslim rule. It was translated into English by Philip Khûri Ḥitti (volume I: 1916) and Francis Clark Murgotten (volume II: 1924).

Mukhtaṣar Kitāb al-Buldān

Subtitle: Bibliotheca Geographorum Arabicorum 1-5
Author: Ibn al-Faqīh al-Hamadhānī
Edited by: M.J. de Goeje (1885)

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Ibn al-Faqīh was the Iranian author of a Geography in Arabic entitled Kitāb al-buldan written around the year 903. The original work is lost, but the abridged version, possibly composed around 1022, has survived in a handful of manuscripts. Only three manuscripts were known during De Goeje’s life and he used them all for his edition, which was originally published in 1885. Its introduction includes a summary of Ibn Faqīh’s life on the basis of the classical sources by De Goeje. Ibn al-Faqīh’s Kitāb al-buldan offers geographical and historical details not found in other sources, and it was in itself an important source for later works, for example by Muqaddasī and Yāqūt.

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