Beiträge zur Geschichte der Sprachgelehrsamkeit bei den Arabern.
Rare offprints from the periodical Sitzungsberichte der Wiener Akademie der Wissenschaften (Proceedings from the Vienna Academy of Sciences), together collecting Goldziher’s important essays on the history of Arabic philology, which he begun shortly after submitting his doctoral dissertation on Judaeo-Arabic biblical exegesis at Leipzig in 1870 at the age of 20. His findings proved influential in the 20th-century revisionist studies of the Qur’an and Muslim origins, which examined in particular the works of the early Arab philologists. Goldziher is considered the father of modern Islamic studies and is best remembered for his path-breaking Muhammedanische Studien (Muslim Studies, Halle: 1889-90), a radically sceptical approach to the hadith literature (the corpus of sayings and deeds attributed to the Prophet Muhammad).
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3 offprints bound in 1 volume, octavo (221 142 mm). Recent brown patterned boards, patterned endpapers. Text in German with frequent Arabic types. Two neat ink inscriptions to title. Spine rolled, surface splitting to inner hinge, edges tanned, text lightly toned and creased with occasional faint damp-staining to top and fore edges. A very good copy.