Sudarabien im Altertum: Kommentierte Bibliographie der Jahre 1997 bis 2011. By WALTER W. MULLER. Epigraphische Forschungen auf der Arabischen Halbinsel, vol. 6. Tubingen: WASMUTH, 2014. Pp. vii + 187. [euro]19.80.
The author of this volume, W. W. Muller, is known for his penetrating and sober method as well as his open and helpful demeanor, which his colleagues would confirm. For all of his eighty-four years, Muller remains incredibly active, a veritable volcano of friendly nonpartisan helpfulness. In this bibliography he includes the contributions of all countries. It is appropriate that he should contribute an important and selfless service work for all in the series Epigraphische Forschungen auf der Arabischen Halbinsel under the aegis of Norbert Nebes (Jena and Berlin). Until 2015 Muller's bibliography was ably assisted for secretarial tasks by Rosemarie Richter, who has unfortunately now retired.
Peter Blank (Jena) has converted Muller's commentated bibliography from successive volumes of the Archiv fur Orientforschung into its monographic form, thus giving the user a readily accessible overview for publications from 1997 to 2011 without the necessity of looking into different journal volumes. No single library has such a wide range of books on Old South Arabian studies, many of which easily might go unnoticed. After the bibliographical data, each of the publication entries is briefly described in a neutral language, in German. This requires Romanizing many of the titles in a consistent way.
This volume continues Muller's bibliography for the years 1974 to 1996. While the first book contains 1415 commented bibliographical entries, its worthy successor has 999. However, the two volumes differ in important ways. The first covers twenty-three years and the other fourteen, an indication of the dramatic growth of Arabian studies. In recent years, given the expansion of archaeological and epigraphic studies--the mainstays of this volume--not all of the former have been or could be entered. The author and editor both point out in the foreword that they have presented here a select bibliography...