18. Encyclopaedias
(377 words)

In volume 1 | book 2, Islamic Literature in the Arabic Language | Section 1, The Classical Period from ca. 750 until ca. 1000

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1. The need to compose compact overviews of all or at least the greater part of the sciences, which became more and more pressing as independent |²⁸³ production declined, only manifested itself towards the end of this period. The oldest work of this kind was dedicated by Abū ʿAbdallāh Muḥammad b. Aḥmad b. Yūsuf al-Khwārizmī1 to Abu ʼl-Ḥasan ʿUbaydallāh b. Aḥmad al-ʿUtbī, the vizier of the Sāmānid ruler Nūḥ II (365–87/975–997).

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Carl Brockelmann, “18. Encyclopaedias”, in: Brockelmann in English: The History of the Arabic Written Tradition Online. Consulted online on 21 January 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2542-8098_breo_COM_121180>
First published online: 2017

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