Gale, a part of Cengage Learning is delighted to announce the forthcoming December release of the first module of Early Arabic Printed Books from the British Library.

    Published in three parts, Early Arabic Printed Books from the British Library gives scholars unprecedented access to more than 400 years of never before digitised historic books printed in Arabic script from the vaults of the British Library as well as translations into European and Asian languages from the period (1475-1900). Combined, they demonstrate Europe’s enduring fascination with, and assimilation of, knowledge from the Arabic-speaking world with its rich heritage of science, poetry, Islamic texts and commentaries.

    Early Arabic Printed Books  


    Early Arabic Printed Books  


    Early Arabic Printed Books  

    14509.b.13, تفسير الجلالين
    Tafsīr al-Jalālayn Jalāl al-Dīn Muḥammad ibn Aḥmad Maḥallī Mumbai, 1882 
    Reprinted from one of the editions published in Egypt - Réimprimé d’une des éditions publiées en Egypte

    Gale is leading the way in creating the technology that truly optimises the discovery of early Arabic primary sources for the global research community. Features of this ground-breaking platform include:

    • Newly developed optical character recognition software (OCR) for early Arabic printed script to enable full-text searching across the Arabic language materials
    • Interfaces in Arabic and European languages
    • Right-to-left-read navigation and reading of Arabic texts
    • MARC records


    Based on A.G. Ellis’ catalogue of the British Library’s collection, Early Arabic Printed Books from the British Library represents the first and largest searchable archive of pre-20th century Arabic printed books available anywhere online.

    Early Arabic Printed Books from the British Library is an indispensable tool for research libraries world-wide seeking to enhance teaching, learning and research programmes with 24/7 access to an extensive collection of rare Arabic primary sources. 

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    Module 1: Religion and Law

    From the collections of the British LibraryResearchers can perform detailed searches across an extensive online library of Islamic literature that includes numerous editions of the Qur'an, religious texts and traditions (Hadith). Among its wealth of content, users can discover more than 50 Arabic Qur'an from 1694 to 1890 printed in the Middle East, and the Indian subcontinent including Arabic Qur'an with Persian and Hindustani interlinear translations. This first module also facilitates the discovery of printings of Islamic Law including fiqh and statutes, fatwas and rulings.

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    Thank you for your interest in Early Arabic Printed Books from the British Library.

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