August 13, 2014
New arrival

New arrival

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Filed under: history books 
September 25, 2013

Handwritten 17th c. Ottoman manuscript of Al-Qur’an, written around 1000 hijri. Binding is recent though. Some pages are repaired. Water damage near the top of most pages.

September 10, 2013

majdimam:

Beautiful recitation of Surat al-A‘la by Uthman Mustafa Kamal.
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(Source: kalamullah.com)

November 25, 2012
"Call no man happy until he is dead."

— Aeschylus, or Herodotus quoting Solon

November 25, 2012
Lawyers, I suppose, were children once.
 ~Charles Lamb

Lawyers, I suppose, were children once.

 ~Charles Lamb

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November 25, 2012
"Well-run libraries are filled with people because what a good library offers cannot be easily found elsewhere: an indoor public space in which you do not have to buy anything in order to stay. In the modern state there are very few sites where this is possible. The only others that come readily to my mind require belief in an omnipotent creator as a condition for membership. It would seem the most obvious thing in the world to say that the reason why the market is not an efficient solution to libraries is because the market has no use for a library. But it seems we need, right now, to keep re-stating the obvious. There aren’t many institutions left that fit so precisely Keynes’ definition of things that no one else but the state is willing to take on. Nor can the experience of library life be recreated online. It’s not just a matter of free books. A library is a different kind of social reality (of the three dimensional kind), which by its very existence teaches a system of values beyond the fiscal."

— Zadie Smith, in the New York Review of Books. (via thebronzemedal)

(via bookshelfporn)

November 25, 2012
"Manliness died when firearms were invented."

Turkish Proverb (via ahqibhussain). (via marcmanley)

(Interesting, though AFAIK early firearms were hardly as effective as a bow and arrow or a crossbow.)

(via marcmanley-deactivated20140213)

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Filed under: quote guns 
September 20, 2012
For some reason I found this funny lol, Arabic book publisher whining

(Not that I haven’t seen this in English books; cf. Allen & Unwin about Ace Paperbacks.)

For some reason I found this funny lol, Arabic book publisher whining

(Not that I haven’t seen this in English books; cf. Allen & Unwin about Ace Paperbacks.)

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Filed under: Arabic book publishing 
August 29, 2012
We should forgive our enemies, but not before they are hanged.
~Heinrich Heine

We should forgive our enemies, but not before they are hanged.

~Heinrich Heine

July 25, 2012

New arrival:

The Iliad of Homer in the English verse translation by Alexander Pope illustrated with the classical designs of John Flaxman

New York: The Heritage Press. 1943. Cloth.

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