18. Encyclopaedias and Polyhistories
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In volume 1 | book 2, Islamic Literature in the Arabic Language | Section 2, The Post-Classical Period of Islamic Literature from ca. 400/1000 until ca. 656/1258

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The decline in Arabic literature that followed original works no longer being written led to the appearance of a whole succession of polymaths and polygraphs, who pretended to singlehandedly sum up the totality of knowledge of their time in encyclopaedias or to process it in monographs. Some of these authors |⁶⁵⁸ we have already come across, |⁴⁹⁹ namely those who excelled to such a degree …

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Carl Brockelmann, “18. Encyclopaedias and Polyhistories”, 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_122180>
First published online: 2017

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