The Story Of Islam.
The Foreign Mission Committee of the Church of Scotland, 22 Queen Street; The Mission Study Council of the United Free Church of Scotland, Windsor Buildings, 100 Princes Street.
Small 8vo. 7.25 x 5 inches. viii + 216 pp. Bound in original green cloth with black blocks and titles. Slight damp cockling of front board and browning of half title; otherwise a very good copy. The Story of Islam note on the book tipped in. Bookplate of Mahmud Ali Ghul in Arabic and English. Illustrated by 8 sepia plates, including frontispiece, map numbered in text and coloured folding map at end. Title on Islam from the point of view of the churches of Scotland, intended for instructional use of church missions, by Theodore Lunt (b.1878). It was first published in 1909 for the Church Missionary Society with a third edition appearing in 1916. Scarce under the Scottish imprint. This copy comes from the library of Mahmud al-Ghul the distinguished Arabist and Scholar, each volume has his bookplate. He specialised in ancient South Arabian languages; taught Arabic at SOAS from at least 1957-59, during which time he inspired Major M. D. van Lessen to collect and record South Arabian inscriptions; Ghul later taught at the American University in Beirut and Yarmuk University in Irbid, Jordan. During the early 1970s he was the first scholar to identify a class of so-called South Arabian minuscule inscriptions on wooden sticks which were used to record daily records, and for which he proposed an initial decipherment in late 1977. In 1959 he presented three ancient South Arabian stone inscriptions to The British Museum and published numerous scholarly papers on Arabian language and archaeology. He died in December 1983.
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