Cambridge Semitic Languages & Cultures Open Access Series & Launch of A Handbook and Reader of Ottoman Arabic

1st December, 2021 @ 17:00 - 17:45



This webinar will introduce the Cambridge Semitic Languages and Cultures Open Access Series and discuss the need for open access publishing in the field. The webinar will also launch the newest book of the series, A Handbook and Reader of Ottoman Arabic.

This volume is the first linguistic work to focus exclusively on varieties of Christian, Jewish and Muslim Arabic in the Ottoman Empire of the 15th to the 20th centuries, and present Ottoman Arabic material in a didactic and easily accessible way. Split into a Handbook and a Reader section, the book provides a historical introduction to Ottoman literacy, translation studies, vernacularisation processes, language policy and linguistic pluralism. The second part contains excerpts from more than forty sources, edited and translated by a diverse network of scholars.

The material presented includes a large number of yet unedited texts, such as Christian Arabic letters from the Prize Paper collections, mercantile correspondence and notebooks found in the Library of Gotha, and Garshuni texts from archives of Syriac patriarchs.

The book can be downloaded free of charge here:

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