The NASCAS list for Arabic Christian scholars contains this interesting note:
Since we discussed the work of Abu al-Makarim (Tarikh al-kana’is wa-l-adyira) a while ago, I thought you might be interested in the following website of the Dayr al-Suryan in Egypt, where the book (4 vols.) is downloadable, together with much other useful material.
This is indeed a vast collection of books. But … can some kind person who knows Arabic point me to the 4 volumes of Abu’l Makarem?
One useful trick — the links may be in Arabic, but if you hover over them, the links displayed at the bottom of internet explorer are in English! This I find this link for manuscripts.
The monastery is of course Deir al-Suryani, the famous source of all those Syriac books brought to the UK in the 1840′s by Henry Tattam. It is wonderful to find their website, and that they are still disseminating knowledge!