Monday, February 8, 2016

Open Access Digital Library Portal - Al-Furqān Islamic Heritage Foundation

"Al-Furqān Islamic Heritage Foundation recently opened its Digital Library Portal.  It provides free access to a variety of materials.  English and Arabic interfaces are available. The portal allows cross searching between various collections; one of these collection is the “World Collection” which is the digital embodiment of the publication, World Survey of Islamic Manuscripts (4 vols.)This section allows for browsing collections of Islamic manuscripts from all over the the world by language, subject, size and date of establishment of the collections."

World survey of Islamic manuscripts / general editor, Geoffrey Roper.
London : Al-Furqan Islamic Heritage Foundation ; Leiden : Distributed by E.J. Brill, 1991-1994.
Description : v. ; 25 cm.
ISBN : 1873992041 (set)

"The Portal gateway to Islamic manuscripts  builds upon the significant work already accomplished by the Foundation through its published catalogues. In this collection, users can currently browse and search more than 50,000 manuscript records from over 100 collections private and non private previously published by the Manuscript Centre.  The new online platform facilitates the discovery of major ‘hidden’ Islamic manuscript collections.  It covers materials from basic hand-lists to comprehensive descriptive catalogues, captured in such detail as incipit and explicit, quality of paper, ink, binding etc."

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