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These sites allow readers to track their reading and/or book collections. You can see your friends' pages, and they can see yours. Or you can find new friends with similar interests. That's what makes them social.

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    The Fihrist of Ibn al-Nadim

    This work is not as well known in the West as it should be. In the 10th century, Muhammad ibn Ishaq ibn al-Nadim of Baghdad compiled a bibliography of all known books in the Arab world — the Fihrist, or catalog. It was (as far as I know) the first national bibliography. Moreover, since he included biographies of the authors, the Fihrist was a kind of encyclopedia of the culture.

  • Islamic Encyclopedia - A 1999 report from NPR
  • The First Arab Bibliography: Fihrist al-'Ulum - An essay by Hans H. Wellisch (University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science Occasional Papers no. 175, 1986)
  • The Fihrist: A 10th Century AD Survey of Islamic Culture is a translation available from Kazi Publications

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