Michaël Jan de Goeje

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Goeje, Michaël Jan de


Born Aug. 13, 1836, in Dron-rijp; died May 17, 1909, in Leiden. Dutch Arabist.

Goeje became a professor at the University of Leiden in 1866 and a corresponding member of the St. Petersburg Academy of Sciences in 1886. He is renowned for his critical editions of medieval Arab historians and geographers. He headed a group of European Arabists who published an edition of al-Tabari’s Universal History. Goeje was also the author of works on the Karmathians and the history of Syria.


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