An amazing report at AWOL from Charles Jones:
Encyclopaedia of Islam, New Edition (1986-2004) Leiden, E.J.Brill
at the Internet Archive
Wow. And I say again, wow!
I don’t know why this is up there, but I am glad it is.
UPDATE: I discover that Brill are now marketing the 3rd edition as an “entirely new” work. This means that the 2nd is now obsolete, although the historical content will, of course, be pretty much as good as ever.
I wonder … are Brill being fiendishly clever here?
Think about it. Take a sample online person. Take me, for instance. I’ve never read a page of the Encyclopedia of Islam. I’ve never opened a copy. I doubt I’ve ever seen a copy. Yet here I am, tonight, at 00:34 hrs, downloading the PDF’s. I’m pretty much certain to at least look at a couple of articles.
The Encyclopedia Iranica gets read, precisely because its articles are online. Is this the idea? To build market share by making an old version freely available? To get people who would never pick up a copy interested? To get students, who have no money, but will become academics and librarians with budgets, accustomed to using it, to treating it as the last word, as the authoritative resource?
Let’s face it — if they are intending this, it’s working! It’s working on me right now, drat them.
UPDATE (29th April): A commenter notes that most of the links now don’t work, and bring up a message that there are “issues with content”. I believe this is their phrase for “may be in copyright”. Sadly it wasn’t the dawn of a new day — just an uploader who didn’t check the copyright status properly. Pity.