For the last two evenings I’ve spent an hour or two working on the section in Brockelmann’s History of Arabic Literature on the biographers of Mohammed. This will appear here once I’ve finished editing and translating it.
It’s proving quite hard work. It’s not that Brockelmann’s prose is difficult, as that the work is very abbreviated. The reason that I have to edit it, as well as translate it, is that a large proportion of the text is to be found in the first supplementary volume, which is itself a thousand pages long, and is only one of three volumes. So I have to compile my text in German, from the main volume and the supplement (which preceded it), in order to work on it.
But I’m most of the way through this short section now. Interestingly it lists English translations of some of the sources, often from British India, in places like Calcutta. There must be a story to tell there, I would think, and I shall see if I can hunt some of these down.