George Alexander Wilken: Matriarchy

Scope and Content

'Matriarchy or Mother-Right with the Ancient Arabians' by G.A. Wilken, translated by Sir James Redhouse, 124 folios: (p. ix) title; (p. xi) list of contents; (p. 1) text; (p. 151) index; (p. 217) Arabic index.

Administrative / Biographical History

George Alexander Wilken (1847-1891), Professor of Ethnography of the Indian Archipelago at Leyden.

Sir James William Redhouse (1811-1892), oriental scholar, worked for the government of Turkey at Constantinople, before serving in the Turkish navy. He was Secretary of the Royal Asiatic Society, 1861-1864, and a leading authority on the Osmanli-Turkish language.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Presented by Sir James Redhouse, 1885.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Sir James Redhouse in Sidney Lee, ed., Dictionary of national biography, Vol. XVI (London, 1909), pp. 824.

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The original was printed at Amsterdam in 1884. The translation has not been printed.


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