Wednesday, May 15, 2019
"vHMML offers resources and tools for the study of manuscripts and currently features manuscript cultures from Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia. The site houses high-resolution images of manuscripts, many of them digitized as part of HMML’s global mission to preserve and share important, endangered, and inaccessible manuscript collections through digital photography, archiving, and cataloging. It also contains descriptions of manuscripts from HMML's legacy microfilm collection, with scans of some of these films...
Virtual HMML [vHMML] Reading Room, the digital library of the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library, has thousands of Islamic manuscript records, with 400,000 West African Islamic manuscript images and metadata coming from Timbuktu, Mali in the coming years.
The vHMML platform also includes a component called School, a resource for teaching Arabic paleography from the 9th to 20th centuries, using Christian Arabic manuscripts from Sinai and HMML’s collections.
See also: Alphabetical list of Open Access Islamic Manuscripts Collections
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
"Below we have listed the Persian manuscripts in the British Library which have been digitised up to the present time. Click on the manuscript number at the head of each description to go directly to the relevant entry on the British Library's digitised manuscripts site. Once there, click on the thumbnail image of the manuscript to get to the full digitised version which will open in a new window (please note that all subsequent digitised manuscripts that you view will appear in this same window). You can choose to view one page at a time or two together in book format (i.e. as if you were reading it). Make sure, however, that you select 'Right to Left' in the 'Direction' box..."
See: Alphabetical list of Open Access Islamic Manuscripts Collections
Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Manuscripts of the Muslim World project made recently available digital copies of 208 manuscripts. The goal of the project is to provide digital editions of more than 500 manuscripts and 827 paintings from the Islamicate world broadly construed. Together these holdings will represent in great breadth the flourishing intellectual and cultural heritage of Muslim lands from 1000 to 1900, coving mathematics, astrology, history, law, literature, as well as the Qur'an and Hadith. The bulk of the collection consists of manuscripts in Arabic and Persian, along with examples of Coptic, Samaritan, Syriac, Turkish, and Berber.
The primary partners are Columbia University, the Free Library of Philadelphia, and the University of Pennsylvania with significant contributions from Bryn Mawr College and Haverford College.
This project is funded by the Council on Library and Information Resources.
The collection is available here: http://openn.library.upenn.edu/html/muslimworld_contents.html
These 208 online manuscripts come from the following institutions:
37 manuscripts from the Free Library of Philadelphia
45 manuscripts from the University of Pennsylvania
127 manuscripts from Columbia University
1 manuscript from the Philadelphia Museum of Art
New content is added regularly so please check the site often. Eventually the manuscripts housed there will also be available in more public-friendly page-turning format but the OPenn raw files will remain the canonical source. In addition, the local library catalogs at Columbia, the FLP, and Penn will contain links to the digitized facsimiles as well as to other manifestations differing by institution (Columbia for instance will link to Internet Archive e-book versions).
Please do let us know about any interesting finds in the digitized corpus.
Kelly Tuttle, the cataloger for the project has recently begun tweeting images from the project at https://twitter.com/MmwProject
Alphabetical list of Open Access Islamic Manuscripts Collections
63 collections as of July 3, 2019
[First posted 12/10/2010, updated 7/2/2019]
[First posted 12/10/2010, updated 7/2/2019]
- Aga Khan Museum (AKM) manuscripts - Toronto, Canada
- American University in Beirut - Jafet Library
- al-Aqsa Mosque Library, East Jerusalem
- Arabic and Berber manuscripts in Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur libraries
- Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, München - Islamic Manuscripts
- Berlin Staatsbibliothek - Orient Digital - Islamic Manuscripts Collection
- Bibliothèque Nationale du Royaume du Maroc
- Biblioteca Virtual del Patrimonio Bibliográfico (Spain)
- Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze
- British Library Online Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts
- British Library: Digital Access to Persian Manuscripts
- Cambridge Digital Library - Islamic Manuscripts
- Cambridge University Shahnama Project
- Database of Southeast Asian Islamic Manuscripts (Islamic University Jakarta)
- Fihrist Oxford and Cambridge Islamic Manuscripts Catalogue Online
- Fulfulde ajami manuscripts of Nigerian Jihad poetry by Usman dan Fodio (1754-1817) and contemporaries - (British Library)
- Gallica - Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF)
- Harvard University Islamic Heritage Project (IHP) Manuscripts
- Heidelberg University Library
- Hill Museum & Manuscript Library
- Indiana University Manuscripts
- Islamic Medical Manuscripts at the National Library of Medicine
- Jerusalem - Manuscripts in the Libraries of the Greek and Armenian Patriarchates in Jerusalem
- King Saud University - Makhtota Manuscripts Library
- Koç University Manuscript Collection (Turkey)
- Kopenhagen, Königliche Bibliothek
- Leipzig University Library - Islamic Manuscripts
- Library of Congress Islamic Manuscripts from Mali
- Manuscripts of the Muslim World (Columbia University, Rare Book & Manuscript Library ; Free Library of Philadelphia, Special Collections ; Philadelphia Museum of Art ; University of Pennsylvania Libraries)
- al-Maktaba al-markaziyya lil-makhṭūṭāt al-islāmiyya (catalogue with some exemplifying images only)
- The Minassian Collection of Qur'anic Manuscripts
- Mount Sinai - Manuscripts in St. Catherine's Monastery, Mount Sinai
- Münchener Digitalisierungszentrum (MDZ)
- National Library of the Czech Republic - Arabic Manuscripts / Persian Manuscripts
- National Library of Republic of Bulgaria - Arabic and Persian Manuscripts
- Omani Ministry of Heritage and Culture
- Oxford University - manuscript of Book of Curiosities
- PHAIDRA - Digital repository of University of Belgrade
- Princeton University Islamic Manuscripts Collection
- Qatar Digital Library
- The Open Treasury for Islamic Manuscript
- Sabancı University Sakıp Sabancı Museum's Arts of Book and Calligraphy Collection
- Saxon State and University Library, Dresden (SLUB)
- UCLA - Caro Minasian Collection of Persian and Arabic Manuscripts
- University of Birmingham Mingana Collection
- University of Bratislava Library, Bašagić Collection
- University of Edinburgh Library - Oriental Manuscript Collection
- University of Freiburg (Germany) - Oriental Manuscript Resource (OMAR)
- University of Melbourne - Middle Eastern Manuscripts
- University of Michigan Islamic Manuscripts
- University of Pennsylvania Manuscripts
- University of Tokyo - Institute of Oriental Culture (Daiber Collection)
- University of Utah Digital Manuscripts
- Virtual Library of the Mediterranean Sea
- The Walters Art Museum - Digital Walters
- Walters Art Museum, Baltimore - Islamic Manuscripts
- Waqfiyyat ash-Shaykh 'Alî b. Abdallâh b. Qâsim Âl Thânî
- Wellcome Library (London) Arabic Manuscripts Collection
- West African Arabic Manuscript Database
- World Digital Library, Middle East and North Africa manuscripts
- Yale-SOAS Islamic Manuscript Gallery
- Yemeni Manuscript Digitization Initiative
- See also:
- Archivalia list at: http://archiv.twoday.net/stories/11445658/
- Islamic Manuscripts Studies : Research Guide by Evyn Kropf (University of Michigan)
- Islamic manuscripts site moderated by Jan Just Witkam, Emeritus-Professor of Paleography and Codicology of the Islamic world in Leiden University, Leiden, The Netherlands.
- Resources for the History of Islamic Books by Dagmar A. Riedel (Columbia University)
- World survey of Islamic manuscripts - Open Access database from Al-Furqan Islamic Heritage Foundation based on the printed work.
Tuesday, May 7, 2019
Arabian Gulf Digital Archive
(collaboration between the UK National Archives and United Arab Emirates)
"The Arabian Gulf Digital Archive (“AGDA”) is an online archive that has been created to showcase historical and cultural material that tells the story of the rich, intriguing and complex history of the Arabian Gulf.
An accessible resource, it serves to offer digital material that spans two centuries, documenting events and personalities that have shaped and defined the region. The contents offer an insight into the past with some material previously unseen by the general public.
AGDA contains, among other things, letters, memos, transcripts, photos and official correspondence from leaders and governments that shaped the events of their time. It’s a free and open resource for students, researchers, enthusiasts and anyone who is curious to explore the rich and varied past of the Arabian Gulf."