Brockelmann’s Geschichte Revisited Once More
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In volume 1 | Preface

German edition

Brockelmann’s GAL

In 1898 and 1902, the publishing house of E. Felber produced two volumes entitled Geschichte der Arabischen Litteratur (GAL). The author Carl Brockelmann (1868–1956) was a young German university teacher from Breslau (now Wroczlaw in Poland). His objective was to outline the external history of Arabic literature, excluding all internal developments. He had estimated then that it would take at least a further century of hard philological work before even the most impor…

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Jan Just Witkam, “Brockelmann’s Geschichte Revisited Once More”, in: Brockelmann in English: The History of the Arabic Written Tradition Online. Consulted online on 21 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2017

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