Gorgias Press and The King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies (KFCRIS) are delighted to be collaborating on an important new academic book project, the: Library of Arabic and Islamic Heritage مكتبة التراث العربي والاسلامي. The project will make available to academics, independent scholars and research institutes, and traditional centers of learning a diverse range of classical Arabic texts that continue to play a central role in the rich and vast development of Islamic thought and culture.
The first series of publications to emerge from the Library of Arabic and Islamic Heritage will be ten Arabic-English translations housed in the new Classical Islamic Texts Series (CITS). The series will make available the single-volume translations of renowned classical Arabic works, showcasing texts that are of central importance to the fields of Qurʾānic studies, Islamic law, Ḥadīth, Theology, History, and Philosophy. Proposed texts can be important short treaties, a compilation of several thematically-related treaties or a key section from a larger compendium. Each proposal should be for a text that is or will be used as an important reference work.
We are delighted to announce the first two translations in the series:
Kitāb al-sawād al-a‘ẓam by al-Ḥakīm al-Samarqandī (d. 342/953)
Critical Edition & Study by Professor Dr Maher Jarrar, American University of Beirut
Translated by Dima El-Mouallem, American University of Beirut
Kitāb al-Intiṣār by Muḥammad b. ʿUthmān al-Khayyāṭ
Dr Mushegh Asatryan, Assistant Professor, University of Calgary
Interested specialists are invited to send their submissions via email to the series manager, Adam Walker (firstname.lastname@example.org). The following information should be included:
The series is interested in important single-volume classical works that would serve as essential reading and reference texts for specialists in the field. The Arabic text will sit side-by-side with the English translation and be typeset in the Amīrī Font, a classical Arabic typeface in the Naskh style. The English text will be typeset in Gorgias Press’ bespoke font, Gorgias Garamond.
Dr Saud al-Sarhan, Secretary General of KFCRIS, said:
“We are very proud to be able to launch the Library of Islamic and Arabic Heritage in partnership with Gorgias Press. I see a great deal of potential in this project, which I hope can further help us in serving our role of providing a platform for researchers and academics to gain valuable insight on Islamic thought and culture.”
“Our partnership with Gorgias Press will help us grant access to a wide range of classical Arabic texts to academics and researchers across the world, further enriching scholarly discussions on the role of the classical Islamic world.”
Dr George Kiraz, Editor-in-Chief of Gorgias Press, said:
‘‘It gives us great pleasure to launch the Library of Islamic and Arabic Heritage in partnership with the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies. This is an exciting project and will help us to further our commitment to the field of Islamic studies and realise our core motto of 'Publishing for the Sake of Knowledge'.
‘‘With the expertise and support of KFCRIS, these books will not only showcase a phenomenal range of texts, but also make them easily accessible to students and lecturers alike. I am certain that these books, once published, will enrich the field of Islamic studies. Now the hard work begins!’’