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

MENAdoc: Title No 15,000 is now online!

Kitāb-i Šāhnāma-i ḥakīm Abu-‘l-Qāsim Firdausī Ṭūsī

Logo: MENAdoc 15 Thousand

As title number 15,000 (fifteen thousand) in our open-access repository MENAdoc, we present a beautiful large-sized edition of the so-called “Book of Kings”.

The Persian epic poem “Šāhnāmah” is the life’s work of the poet Abūl-Qāsim Firdausī (940-1020).

Here you will find the 4 volumes free to view or for download as PDF.

Schāhnāme Band 2, Seite 51–52
This issue was published in Bombay in 1855. It is illustrated with numerous lithographs, which are more effective in an enlarged view.


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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.

Open Access: Geschichte und Entwicklung der modernen persischen Literatur

Book Cover: Geschichte und Entwicklung der modernen persischen Literatur von Bozorg Alavi“History and Development of Modern Persian Literature” by Bozorg Alavi written in 1964 is now available in our open access collection MENAdoc.

Professor Alavi describes the evolution of Persian prose and poetry since the beginning of the 20th century with a brief introduction on 19th century developments against the background of political and social change.