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Library Research Guides

Islamic Manuscripts Collection

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

May I examine the physical manuscript?

Indeed. Supporting all research avenues, including those that require physical examination of the manuscript, is important to us.

Manuscripts from the Islamic Manuscripts Collection may be viewed under supervision in the reading room of the Special Collections Library on the 8th floor of Hatcher (South Building). Lockers are provided to store belongings and use of cameras is permitted (with a few exceptions).

Staff will provide instructions and assistance with handling. Weights, magnifiers, light wands, etc. are all available for use.

Full details on work in the reading room are outlined here.

We look forward to welcoming you in the reading room!

How do I request a manuscript?

In order to view a manuscript in our reading room, you will need to register and place a request through our online system. Full instructions are found here.

We highly recommend placing a manuscript request in advance of your visit to the Library.

If you have located a manuscript of interest by searching Mirlyn, you may easily place your request by clicking the "Request this" button. You will be asked to log in and a "New Request" form will appear with bibliographic details for the manuscript. Complete the form with the date of your visit and then click the submit button.

How do I request permission to publish an image or quote from a manuscript?

Please forward a request for permission to quote, publish, or reproduce an image from a manuscript to the curator, Evyn Kropf ( In the request, include:

  • a citation for the manuscript following the model provided below
  • a citation for the forthcoming printed work, electronic publication, or media presentation in which the manuscript will be quoted, published or reproduced

How do I cite a manuscript?

We request that you include a proper citation with any quote, reproduction or other publication from a manuscript from the collection. Please follow this model when citing a manuscript, using the appropriate shelfmark / call number and page or folio number:

for example

p.47, Isl. Ms. 860 v.1, Special Collections Library, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

You may also cite the catalogue record describing the manuscript by including the url:

  • In Mirlyn-Classic >> copy the url beside "Link to this page" at the bottom of the record
  • In Mirlyn >> simply copy the url as it appears in your browser's navigation bar