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Authors as Readers in the Mamlūk Period and Beyond

edited by

Élise Franssen    Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    



Authors read and they use their readings within their writing process. Scrutinizing authors’ readings provides information on their tastes, working subjects at a given period, methodology, and scholarly milieu. It also brings a lot to intellectual history, highlighting the texts and manuscripts circulating in a certain context. Eight contributions investigating the readings of as many authors, from different points of view, are gathered here. The studied authors are mainly from pre-modern Islam – al-Qādī al-Fāḍil, Ibn Taymiyya, al-Ṣafadī, al-Subkī, al-Maqrīzī – with three exceptions: an incursion into the Ottoman 19th century – Esʿad Efendi –, a detour by the French court of Charles V – Evrart de Conty –, and a preface about Greek Antiquity – Philodème de Gadara.

March 8, 2022
Number of pages
16x23 cm
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Antonella Ghersetti   
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Tiziano Dorandi   
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Élise Franssen   
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Concepts and Practices of Response in the Writing of al-Qādī al-Fāḍil
Stefan Leder   
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Preliminary Study and Perspectives
Mehdi Berriah   
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Élise Franssen   
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Tāǧ al-Dīn al-Subkī’s and Ḫalīl b. Aybak al-Ṣafadī’s Working Methodology
Yehoshua Frenkel   
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The Testimony of Evrart de Conty and His Autograph Manuscript (ca. 1380)
Michèle Goyens   
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Frédéric Bauden   
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The Reading Activities of Ṣaḥḥāflarşeyḫizāde Esʿad Efendi (1789-1848) at the Rise of His Career
Nazlı Vatansever   
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