The Medieval Islamic Republic of Letters: Arabic Knowledge Construction By Muhsin J. al-Musawi

Journal of Islamic Studies 28 (3):382-386 (2017)

© The Author. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies. All rights reserved. For Permissions, please email: journals.permissions@oup.comIn the late-eighteenth century, Muḥammad Murtaḍā al-Zabīdī produced his magnificently comprehensive Arabic lexicon, Tāj al-ʿarūs, declaring his desire to preserve the Arabic language so as to facilitate the study of the Islamic sciences. Al-Zabīdī drew not only on earlier dictionaries, a wealth of Arabic bellelettrist and scholarly prose, commentaries on grammar and histories and collected poetry, but also on his own wide travels and a far-flung network of the learned and the artistic. Born in Bilgram in the Indian subcontinent, after studying in Delhi al-Zabīdī travelled to the Yemen, and later settled in Cairo, where he taught at the seat of Islamic learning, the Mosque University of al-Azhar. Long a central meeting point of scholars and artists, Cairo had also served as...
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