Boston: Beacon Press, 1962. First Edition. Cloth and boards. 8vo (8 1/2" x 5 3/4"), dark beige quarter cloth with reddish lettering on spine over pale cream boards with blind-stamped Beacon Press buildings, Mylar-protected lettered dust jacket (unclipped), xiv + 369 pages. Fine / Fine. Item #2626
Sir Hamilton Gibb was "A Leading authority on Islamic civilization [who] here presents important studies on the history, literature and religion of the Islamic peoples, as well as an appraisal of contemporary intellectual currents in the Middle East."--jacket
Sir Hamilton Alexander Rosskeen Gibb, FBA (1895 – 1971), known as H. A. R. Gibb, was a Scottish historian, Arabist, and specialist on Middle Eastern History. After serving with the British Army during World War I, after further studies, Gibb taught Arabic at the then School of Oriental Studies, becoming a professor there in 1930. During this period, he was also an editor of the prestigious Encyclopaedia of Islam.
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From 1937-55, Gibb succeeded D. S. Margoliouth as Laudian Professor of Arabic with a Fellowship at St John's College, Oxford. Thereafter, he became the Jewett Professor of Arabic at Harvard University.