Journal of the DMG Volume 163 Online

Journal of the Deutsche Morgenländische Gesellschaft (ZDMG) Volume 163, 2013

Volume 163 of the “Zeitung der Deutschen Morgenländischen Gesellschaft” (ZDMG) is now available in our Open Access repository MENAdoc. After the embargo period in copyright law, we are now permitted to freely publish this 2013 edition.

Founded in 1845, the Deutsche Morgenländische Gesellschaft (DMG) has been publishing its own journal since 1847. The journal touches on all areas of Oriental Studies and belongs to the most important orientalist periodicals, even beyond the German-speaking world.

Here you find the volume 163.

Here you find all volumes since 1847.

Study on Abū Nuwās new on MENAdoc

“Abū Nuwās : a Study on the Arabic Literature of the Early Abbasid Period.” by Ewald Wagner

Abū Nuwās : eine Studie zur arabischen Literatur der frühen 'Abbāsidenzeit von Ewald WagnerAbū Nuwās (756–814) was born in the city of Ahvaz in modern-day Iran. He was a master of all genres of Arabic poetry. He also became a popular figure in fiction. Abū Nuwās appears several times in “The Book of One Thousand and One Nights”.

In his 1965 study, Ewald Wagner introduces the life, views and cultural environment of Abū Nuwās. He presents the poet’s themes and examines his language and poetic means.

The book is now freely available as retro-digitisation in our open access repository MENAdoc.

Now Open Access: “Die Geschichtsschreiber der Osmanen und ihre Werke” by Franz Babinger

Titel: "Die Geschichtsschreiber der Osmanen und ihre Werke" von Franz Babinger Franz Babinger’s (1891 – 1967 ; “Die Geschichtsschreiber der Osmanen und ihre Werke” (The Historians of the Ottomans and their Works), 1927 is still an important and central reference work for osmanists and anyone interested in the history of the Ottoman Empire today.

We are proud to offer this monumental work as open access on MENAdoc:

Syria in the 19th century – a travelogue by Wetzstein as Open Access

Travel report on Hauran and the Trachons: along with an appendix on the Sabean monuments in eastern Syria

Title and Map: Travelogue about Hauran and the TrachonsThe German diplomat and orientalist Johann Gottfried “Fritz” Wetzstein published this travelogue in 1860. He was the Prussian consul in Damascus from 1849 to 1861 and therefore an expert of the region.

The edition contains a historical map of Damascus and its surroundings as well as various drawings. It is now available as Open Access on our repository MENAdoc.

Arabic Phrasebook from 1881 on MENAdoc

Cover: "Arabischer Sprachführer für Reisende" by Martin Hartmann

„Arabischer Sprachführer für Reisende“ (Arabic Phrasebook for Travelers) compiled by Martin Hartmann in 1881 is now digitally available on MENAdoc.

Martin Hartmann was one of the founders of modern Islamic Studies before the First World War. He was one of the few Orientalists who worked on the spot for a long time and knew the conditions.

The German Fraktur font of the book was converted to full text by OCR software. The results are pretty good compared to the version on

Catalogue by Hans Wehr: Relevant and Available for Research

Verzeichnis der arabischen Handschriften in der Bibliothek der Deutschen Morgenländischen Gesellschaft (DMG)*

Hans Wehr: Verzeichnis der arabischen Handschriften in der Bibliothek der Deutschen Morgenländischen Gesellschaft, 1940Hans Wehr promoted Arabic Studies worldwide with his “A Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic “. In 1940, he compiled this overview of the holdings of historical manuscripts of the DMG. These documents are still part of the society’s collection. Continue reading