Aus unseren Neuerwerbungen – Sprachen und Kulturen Asiens, Afrikas und Ozeaniens 2022.1

The rise of the Ara­bic book
BuchcoverThe lit­tle-known sto­ry of the sophis­ti­cat­ed and vibrant Ara­bic book cul­ture that flour­ished dur­ing the Mid­dle Ages.
Dur­ing the thir­teenth cen­tu­ry, Europe’s largest library owned few­er than 2,000 vol­umes. Libraries in the Arab world at the time had expo­nen­tial­ly larg­er col­lec­tions. Five libraries in Bagh­dad alone held between 200,000 and 1,000,000 books each, includ­ing mul­ti­ple copies of stan­dard works so that their many patrons could enjoy simul­ta­ne­ous access.
How did the Ara­bic codex become so pop­u­lar dur­ing the Mid­dle Ages, even as the well-estab­lished form lan­guished in Europe? Beat­rice Gruendler’s The Rise of the Ara­bic Book answers this ques­tion through in-depth sto­ries of book­mak­ers and book col­lec­tors, sta­tion­ers and librar­i­ans, schol­ars and poets of the ninth cen­tu­ry.
The his­to­ry of the book has been writ­ten with an out­size focus on Europe. The role books played in shap­ing the great lit­er­ary cul­tures of the world beyond the West has been less known—until now. An inter­na­tion­al­ly renowned expert in clas­si­cal Ara­bic lit­er­a­ture, Gru­endler cor­rects this over­sight and takes us into the rich lit­er­ary milieu of ear­ly Ara­bic let­ters.
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Mul­ti­lin­gual Glob­al Cities: Sin­ga­pore, Hong Kong, Dubai
BuchcoverThis vol­ume sets out to inves­ti­gate the lin­guis­tic ecolo­gies of Sin­ga­pore, Hong Kong, and Dubai, with chap­ters that com­bine empir­i­cal and the­o­ret­i­cal approach­es to the soci­olin­guis­tics of mul­ti­lin­gual­ism. One impor­tant fea­ture of this pub­li­ca­tion is that the five parts of the col­lec­tion deal with such key issues as the his­tor­i­cal dimen­sion, lan­guage poli­cies and lan­guage plan­ning, con­tem­po­rary soci­etal mul­ti­lin­gual­ism, mul­ti­lin­gual lan­guage acqui­si­tion, and the local­ized Eng­lish­es of glob­al cities. The first four sec­tions of the vol­ume pro­vide a mul­ti-lev­elled and fine­ly-detailed descrip­tion of mul­ti­lin­gual diver­si­ty of three glob­al cities, while the final sec­tion dis­cuss­es post­colo­nial Eng­lish­es in the con­text of mul­ti­lin­gual lan­guage acqui­si­tion and lan­guage con­tact.
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