Open Access: Historia Saracenica

Titelseite: Historia Saracenica von George Elmacin“Taʾrīḫ al-muslimīn min ṣāḥib šarīʿat al-islām Abi-ʾl-Qāsim Muḥammad ila ʾd-daula al-atābikīya … Id Est, Historia Saracenica” is now availabe in our open access collection MENAdoc.

The autor George Elmacin (also known as Ibn al-‘Amid, 1205–1273) was a Coptic Christian, who wrote a two-volume world chronicle from Adam to his day. He was significantly influencial on later Arab historians such as Ibn Khaldun.

“Historia Saracenica” was published in 1625 and is the second volume of Elmacin’s work. It covers the history of the Arabs from pre-Islamic times to the Seljuk Turks (570–1118) and includes a Latin translation by Thomas Erpenius.

Open Access: Das Opferfest (ʿīd al-aḍḥā) im heutigen Ägypten

Islamkundliche Untersuchungen Volume 215

Buchtitel: Das Opferfest (ʿīd al-aḍḥā) im heutigen Ägypten von Mohammed RashedThe Egyptian-born author Mohammed Rashed dedicates his book to the Feast of the Sacrifice in his homeland. In addition to the theoretical and religious foundations, Rashed focuses on the practice of the Egyptian Eid al-Adha today.

The book was pblished by the Klaus Schwarz Verlag Berlin in 1998 and is available on our open access repository MENAdoc.

The book can be read online. Due to license reasons we cannot offer a PDF for download.

Open Access: Mehmed the Conqueror

Mehmed the Conqueror and His Time : World Striker at a Turning Point in History

Book Cover: Mehmed der Eroberer und seine Zeit von Franz BabingerThe German biography of Mehmed II by Franz Babinger, 1959 is now availabe in our open access collection MENAdoc.

The classic standard work on the seventh sultan of the Ottoman Empire traces his life in great detail from his birth in 1432 to his death in 1481. Babinger has given a true portrait of a man little understood in his time and who has been controversial in historiography ever since.

The book appeared exactly 500 years after Mehmed’s conquest of Constantinople. It contains numerous illustrations and maps on its almost 600 pages.