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Catalogue of books arranged by subject matter with varying degrees of detail regarding author, compilation, contents, commentaries, refutations, and so on. May also be arranged according to the Islamic scholars with whom the works were studied. Prominent classical examples include the tenth-century Baghdad bookseller Ibn al-Nadim's Fihrist, the twelfth-century Andalusian Ibn Khayr al-Ishbili's Fahrasah, the fifteenth-century Egyptian Ibn Hajar al-Asqalani's Al-Mujam al-Mufahras, and the seventeenth-century Ottoman Hajji Khalifah's Kashf al-Zunun. Modern usage of the Arabicized word fahrasah includes the table of contents, bibliography, and various indexes of a book, in addition to a variety of indexed reference works.

Subjects: Islam.

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