From my diary

I’m being very good, and I’m not mentioning the Pope’s visit to the UK.  I felt that I’d better say something about the vandalism of, but again I don’t want to dwell on it.

One thing that has come to my mind, tho, is the lack of an English language handbook on Islamic literature.  There is Brockelmann’s Geschichte der arabischen Litteratur, in multiple volumes.  But where is the English equivalent?  Indeed who has a copy of Brockelmann, even in PDF?  (I wish I did!)

The work of Dryasdust, in compiling such volumes, is one to which we all owe a debt.

I’ve also been revising the Wikipedia article on the Library of Alexandria, to document the Arabic sources on that subject.


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