Rudolf Ernst Brünnow

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Rudolf Ernst Brünnow (1892)

Rudolf Ernst Brünnow (born February 7, 1858 in Ann Arbor , Michigan , † April 14, 1917 in Bar Harbor , Maine ) was a German-American orientalist and philologist .


The son of the astronomer Franz Friedrich Ernst Brünnow from Berlin was born during his stay in the USA for several years . In 1863 he returned to Europe with his father. In 1882 he received his doctorate in philosophy from the University of Strasbourg .

In 1897 and 1898, together with Alfred von Domaszewski, he made two trips to Arabia in order to gain new knowledge about the former Roman province of Arabia Petraea . They measured the ruins of Petra and made the first modern map of this former capital of the Nabatean Empire .

In 1910 Brünnow took over the chair for Semitic Languages at Princeton . In addition to German and English , he was proficient in French , ancient Greek , Latin , Turkish and Assyrian .


  • The Kharijites among the first Omayyads (1884) online at
  • A Classified List of all Simple and Compound Cuneiform Ideographs Occurring in the Texts Hitherto Published (I-III, 1887-88)
  • The Provincia Arabia described on the basis of two trips undertaken in 1897 and 1898 and the reports of earlier travelers , 3 vol., Strasbourg 1904–1909 (together with Alfred von Domaszewski). online at
  • Chrestomathy from Arabic prose writers (1895) online at
  • Rudolf Brünnows Arabic Chrestomathy from prose writers . Completely revised in the second edition and edited by August Fischer. Berlin: Reuther and Richard 1913. (POrta Linguarum Orientalium. Collection of textbooks. Volume XVI.) (New editions in Leipzig: VEB Verlag Enzyklopädie 1974 and in Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz 2008.)
  • Al-Juz 'al-hadi wa-al-'ishrun min Kitab al-Aghani by Abu al-Faraj al-Isbahani , 897 or 8-967 (1888); Lidin Matba 'Bril; Contributor Robarts - University of Toronto (Arabic)

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