OsAr Bibliography

Put all here, with a general classification. The following is all the "Package"-material, unedited.

NB_Work in progress

Many of the works cited below are available in recent paperback reprints, whether noted here or not.

01a ARABIC LANGUAGE (editor's choice)

The problem here is that nearly all introductory accounts of Arabic are made for Modern Arabic, and for the purpose of OsAr we need something other than course-material made for one or two year programs in Middle Eastern Studies. A small selection of works that MIGHT suit our purposes is given here:

01b ARABIC LANGUAGE (list of some "traditional" grammars/manuals and readers)

01c ABOUT the Arabic language

02 HISTORICAL SETTING

From numerous general introductions and useful secondary literature we choose the following:

03 GREEK-ARABIC TRANSLATION

04 LANGUAGE OF TRANSLATIONS

Here we can include some basic works on the technical language as developed during the translation movement. See EI2, "tardjama", bibliography section 5, in addition to the following: *

05a HILFSMITTELN

Standard references and helpful literature:

05b DICTIONNARIES

There is still no dictionnary for "classical" Arabic, in the sense "classical" SHOULD be used, viz. to designate the language of Islamic civilization from approx. the 2nd Islamic Century (8th Christian) to some undefined later pre-modern period (16th/17th Cent AD?) "Classical" often includes Qurʾānic Arabic and even the pre-Islamic language of the Bedouin and their poetry. The Arab grammarians and lexicographers always had this latter language in mind when describing "Arabic" (typically "the language of the Arabs", etc., meaning exclusively the language of "real" Arabs, including (1) pre-Islamic and early Islamic (Bedouin) poetry, (2) the Qurʾān, (3) materials gathered from the mouths of these Arabs when they still spoke "good" Arabic (i.e not later than the 10th Cent AD).). This latter language should be singled out as "Old Arabic" or similar. Classical should be reserved for the language of the texts we are interested in in this seminar, viz. all scientific and literary genres (excl. poetry) written ... Note on "Middle Arabic",

05c A NOTE HERE:

One should (ideally) take the following types of Arabic into consideration when

05d GREEK-ARABIC DICTIONARIES AND WORD-LISTS

Sometime when your grandchildren are busy specializing in Arabic, they will be able to use the complete edition of:

05e QĀMŪS

("Dictionary"; You might feel if you plunge into it that the word retains some of its original sense of "Ocean") Arab lexicographers specialized in "Old Arabic". When you look for etymologies on an advanced level (either if you love "real" Bedouin Arabic or if you happen to be interested in cross-Semitic comparisons and speculations) * * * *The easiest available online-search into one of these is found on www.alwaraq.net (quick and user-friendly edition of Lisān al-ʿArab)

06 A FEW PIECES OF SUSHI GARI

Eat regularly between your lumps of suspect and sour Western Orientalist writings:

07 TEXTS