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Astronomy blends into astrology in this anonymous 18th century text from Egypt: The tables contain calendar data for the Hijri and the Coptic calendar, since the latter is of particular importance for agriculture, because of its alignment with the…

The first book published by the Typographia Medicea Orientale (Medici Oriental Press) was the Arabic translation of the Four Gospels. The Rare Books and Special Collections� copy, published in 1591 with Latin text, decorated with 149 wooden-cu…

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This map was lithographed by F. Brockhaus in Leipzig, Germany. The text in Arabic reads: "The first map for Egypt governorates was drawn by the French expedition cartographers at the beginning of the 13th century H. (1213-1216 H.), but the hardships…

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al-Muqtaṭaf; [The Digest] was an Arabic journal of popular science. The journal was published monthly from 1876 to 1952 in Beirut and Cairo, with a total of 121 volumes.

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This twenty-volume Arabic dictionary was printed at the Bulaq Press, established during the reign of Mohamed Ali in 1820. The first publication by the press appeared in 1822.

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This handwritten register reproduces the text of marriage contracts which were drawn up in al-Dilinjāt in 1910-1911. It is part of a large collection of similar registers, which serve as a record of the social life of the Egyptian Delta at the turn…

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The Medici Press in Rome produced the first Arabic printed books with movable type. Because Arabic is a cursive script in which many letters are connected, Arabic types were much more complex than Latin ones. Printing in Arabic did not catch on in…

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This volume contains the Arabic translation of the proceedings against Sulayman al-Halabi, who assassinated general Jean-Baptiste Kléber, the commander of the French forces in Egypt, in 1800. Both the typeface and the language of the text are…

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In 1912, Najib Hawawini published a series of exercise booklets on various types of Arabic script. The booklets as well as the original printing blocks from which they were produced are presented here. They illustrate the unique complexities of…
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