The Critical Edition of Manuscripts

Past, Present and Future

By Qasim al-Samarrai
SKU: 101125 Categories: , Date: 2017Language: EnglishEdition: 1ISBN: 9781788146906Format: PaperbackNo. of Volumes: 1No. of Pages: 74Weight: 0.108kg


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This lecture focuses in brief on the history of the critical editing of Islamic manuscripts, to include present and future research, with particular attention given to works conducted by orientalists. In this book the author highlights the skills of an editor involved in critically editing a manuscript. He also lists the most important characteristics required of a professional editor. The author explains the methodology used by orientalists in their criticism of Arabic texts. The methods used by scholars of Az’har in critically editing manuscripts are also presented. The book addresses a number of areas related to the field, such as the main problems faced by practitioners, how to work with a manuscript, and technical issues such as ‘when to bring out draft sections of a text when the corrected version is present’. The book emphasises the importance of ijāzāt (licences), samāʿāt (verified listening), tamalluk notes (noted ownership of the manuscript), waqf (endowments) and the knowledge of the terminology involved in critically editing. The author also discusses the historical relationship between the printing press and critical editing. This includes a look at how the widespread use of paper and the progress in printing effected book publication.


Preface: His Excellency Sheikh Ahmed Zaki Yamani


Textual criticism and editing skills

Essential qualities of a good editor 

Orientalists' textual criticism of Arabic manuscripts

Azharite scholars and manuscript editing

Handling the autograph copy

Instances of editing a rough copy despite the existence of a clean copy

Particular obstacles encountered by editors 

The value of authorisations, auditions, ownership and endowment records

The significance of terminology in the editing process

Printing and editing: the historical relationship

Book production: the effect of paper manufacture and printing progress

The critical editions of Arabic texts

Orientalists and their enormous efforts in editing Arabic texts 

The history of ruling parchment 



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Weight 0.108 kg
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