Early Arabic Printed Books from the British Library contains over 400 years of books, from the 15th to 19th centuries, covering a broad range of subject areas. With texts in Arabic script as well as translations into European and Asian languages, the collection demonstrates Europe's fascination, study and assimilation of ideas and knowledge from the Arabic-speaking world. The first module, Religion and Law, includes a wealth of content on Islamic literature and law. In addition, interfaces in Arabic and European languages, right-to-left-read navigation of Arabic texts, an embedded Arabic keyboard and newly developed optical character recognition software for early Arabic printed script are available to ensure scholars in Arabic-speaking countries can research the extensive range of texts.
"This archive is the result of years of work and technological innovation, and it will both support the work of researchers and also raise awareness of the rich cultural heritage of the Middle East," said Seth Cayley, Director of Research Publishing, Gale International. "By digitizing these collections we are making important historic works available to the Middle East and preserving hundreds of years of Arabic culture and history for generations to come."
Students, researchers and instructors in the region are also gaining access to Gale's National Geographic Magazine Archive, 1888-1994 as well as National Geographic: People, Animals and the World, a multimedia resource with books, videos, maps, downloadable images, and issues of National Geographic Traveler magazine. Through Archives Unbound, Gale's platform for highly-targeted, specialized historical content, users in the region will have access to two Middle East collections: Arab-Israeli Relations, 1917-1970 and Iraq, 1914-1974.
For more information Gale's Arabic digitization program please visit gale.cengage.co.uk/Arabic.
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