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Early Arabic Sources for the History of Islam: Home

Digitized primary sources in Arabic for the study of Islamic history and civilization. Includes historical, geographical, and biographical texts.

About This Guide

This guide provides a select, annotated list of editions of some important primary sources for the history of Islamic Civilization that have been digitized and are available online. It focuses on sources in the Arabic language composed in the pre-Modern period (ca. 700-1500 CE/100-900 AH). The source texts presented here are divided into three broad categories that reflect genres of classical Arabic scholarship:



The general resources tab provides a list of repositories of content in Arabic, as well as resources that will aid the reading and interpretation of the classical Arabic texts. 


An alphabetical index of authors whose works appear in this guide is available below.

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