I The Task of Literary History
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In its widest sense, one may call “literature” everything that has been written, or spoken and then written down, for the purpose of having it remembered. For this reason, A. Boeckh suggested including inscriptions as part of a people’s literature. In cases where the history of a dead language is written using a limited number of monuments one can also employ charters, letters, and the like. But when a language has such a rich abundance of e…

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Carl Brockelmann, “I The Task of Literary History”, in: Brockelmann in English: The History of the Arabic Written Tradition Online. Consulted online on 23 October 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2542-8098_breo_COM_110010>
First published online: 2017



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