Harvard’s Islamic Heritage Project (IHP) is a digital collection that includes over 280 manuscripts, more than 50 maps, and more than 275 printed texts from Harvard’s renowned library and museum collections. Through the IHP, these materials are freely available to Internet users worldwide.
Totaling over 156,000 pages, IHP materials date from the 10th to the 20th centuries CE, and represent many:
Additional materials may be added to the IHP over time.
- regions, including Saudi Arabia, North Africa, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Iran, Iraq, Turkey, and South, Southeast, and Central Asia;
- languages, primarily Arabic, Persian, and Ottoman Turkish; also Urdu, Chagatai, Malay, Gujarati, Indic languages, and several Western languages; and
- subjects, including religious texts and commentaries; Sufism; history, geography, law, and the sciences (astronomy, astrology, mathematics, medicine); poetry and literature; rhetoric, logic, and philosophy; calligraphy, dictionaries and grammar, as well as biographies and autobiographical works.
Published MaterialsThe IHP collection includes over 275 printed texts (over 84,000 pages), selected from the Middle Eastern Collection of Widener Library, the Harvard Law School Library, and Houghton Library.
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- Arabic language
- Ismaili Literature
- Persian language
- Prophet Muhammad
- Turkish language
ManuscriptsThe IHP collection now includes over 280 manuscripts, selected from Houghton LibraryHarvard Art Museum/Arthur M. Sackler Museum. and the
Dating from the 10th to the 20th centuries CE, these Islamic manuscripts constitute a record of the diverse artistic traditions, literary cultures, learning traditions, and religious interpretations of the pre-modern Islamic world.
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- Ismaili Literature
MapsThe IHP collection includes more than 50 historic maps from the 16th to the 20th centuries CE. Selected from the Harvard Map Collection, these items provide a detailed cartographic record of the regions documented by IHP’s manuscripts and texts.
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