The Library of Arabic Literature at New York University Abu Dhabi offers Arabic editions and English translations of significant works of Arabic literature, with an emphasis on the 7th to 19th centuries. The Library thus includes texts from the pre-Islamic era to the cusp of the modern period and encompasses a wide range of genres, including poetry, poetics, fiction, religion, philosophy, law, science, history, and historiography.
Books in the series are edited and translated by internationally recognized scholars and are published in parallel-text format with Arabic and English on facing pages, and are also made available as English-only paperbacks.
The Library encourages scholars to produce authoritative, though not necessarily critical, Arabic editions, accompanied by modern, lucid English translations. Its ultimate goal is to introduce the rich, largely untapped Arabic literary heritage to both a general audience of readers as well as to scholars and students.