Translator's Note
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The present translation reproduces the original German of Carl Brockelmann’s Geschichte der Arabischen Litteratur (GAL) as accurately as possible. Nevertheless, some minor changes were made:

Perhaps the most important change is the unabbreviated reproduction of all Arabic names, with the exception of ‘b.’ for ‘ibn’, ‘Ibn’ only being written in full at the beginning of a name, e.g. ‘Ibn Rushd.’ As an example, one may cite ‘Abu ’l-Ḥasan ʿAlī b. Aḥmad b. Muḥammad b. ʿAlī b. Mattūya al-Wāḥidī…

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Joep Lameer, “Translator's Note”, 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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