Ferdinand Wüstenfeld

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Heinrich Ferdinand Wüstenfeld

Heinrich Ferdinand Wüstenfeld (born July 31, 1808 in Hann. Münden , †  February 8, 1899 in Hanover ) was a German orientalist .


Heinrich Ferdinand Wüstenfeld, the son of a sugar manufacturer, first attended the Latin school in Hann. Münden. Wüstenfeld then studied oriental languages ​​including Sanskrit in Göttingen and Berlin , received his doctorate on February 18, 1831 in Göttingen, immediately after the " Göttingen Revolution ", when almost all students were forced to leave the city, and completed his habilitation there in 1832. He remained connected to the city throughout his life: in 1838 he got a job at the university library . In 1842 Wüstenfeld was appointed associate professor and finally appointed full professor of oriental languages ​​in 1856. From 1876 he was director of the historical class of the Academy of Sciences in Göttingen. In 1889 he resigned from his position at the university library. From 1879 he was a corresponding member of the Prussian Academy of Sciences . In 1874 he was elected a corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Saint Petersburg .

Wüstenfeld made it his task in particular to publish the important Arabic source works, such as those of Ibn Challikan and Ibn Hishām . In addition, he published numerous of his own works on the language and geography of Arabia as well as on the history and topography of Mecca and Medina .


  • The Arab academies and their teachers . Göttingen (1837)
  • History of the Arab doctors and naturalists. 1st edition, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen 1840 (reprint: Olms, Hildesheim 1963), digitized .
  • Genealogical tables of Arab tribes and families . Goettingen (1852)
  • Comparison tables of the Mohammedan and Christian chronology . Leipzig (1854)
  • The Chronicles of the City of Mecca. Leipzig 1857–1861 (Part I: el-Azrakí's history and description of the city of Mecca. Part II: Excerpts from the history books of the city of Mecca. Part III: Cutb ed-Dìn's history of the city of Mecca. Volume IV: History of the city of Mecca. After edited the Arab Chronicles.)
  • The governors of Egypt . 4 department (1875- 76 )
  • The translations of Arabic works into Latin . (1877)
  • The army of the Mohammedans . (1880)
  • History of the Fatimids . (1881)
  • The historians of the Arabs . Dieterichsche Vlgs-Buchhdlg., Göttingen, 1882 (From the XXVIII. And XXIX. Volumes of the treatises of the Royal Society of Sciences in Göttingen .)
  • Yemen in the 11th Century and the Wars of the Turks . (1885)
  • The Sherif of Mecca in the XI. (XVII.) Century . Dieterich, Göttingen, 1885 digitized
  • History of the Turks . (1899)


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