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Islamic Manuscripts Collection : Introduction

A guide to navigating the Islamic Manuscripts Collection held at the University of Michigan Library.

Featured Manuscript

Owners' marks and study notes on the 'title page' of Isl. Ms. 503, an 18th century copy of ʻAbd al-Wahhāb ibn Aḥmad al-Shaʻrānī’s (d.1565) Kitāb al-Jawāhir wa-al-durar, apparently once part of a larger collected volume (majmūʻah). Full catalogue description available here.


This guide offers an introduction to the Islamic Manuscripts Collection at the University of Michigan. In addition to details on the collection history, size, and scope, you will find strategies for locating manuscripts of interest, instructions for viewing manuscripts in the Library, and advice on locating, viewing and downloading digitized manuscripts.

Feel free to be in touch with any questions or requests for research assistance.

Collaboration in Cataloging: Islamic Manuscripts at Michigan

This guide, along with the descriptive content it adresses, is an outcome of the recent "Collaboration in Cataloging: Islamic Manuscripts at Michigan" project via which full cataloguing of the entire collection was completed.

Subject Guide

Evyn Kropf
office: M117B Hatcher North (1A)

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Islamic Manuscript Studies Research Guide