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Islamic Manuscript Studies

Resources for the study of manuscripts produced in the Islamic world and the manuscript cultures they represent.

Manuals, Handbooks and Bibliographies

Déroche, François, et al. Manuel de codicologie des manuscrits en écriture arabe. [Paris] : Bibliothèque nationale de France, c2000 (Hatcher Z 6605 .A6 D47 2000)

-------. al-Madkhal ilá ʻilm al-kitāb al-makhṭūṭ bi-al-ḥarf al-ʻArabī. Landan : Muʼassasat al-Furqān lil-Turāth al-Islāmī, 2005 (Hatcher Z 115.1 .D4712 2006)

-------. Islamic Codicology: An Introduction to the Study of Manuscripts in Arabic Script. London: Al-Furqān Islamic Heritage Foundation, 2006 (Hatcher Z 115.1 .D4713 2006)

Gacek, Adam. "A Select Bibliography of Arabic Language Publications Concerning Arabic Manuscripts." Manuscripts of the Middle East (MME) 1 (1986): 106-108.

-----. The Arabic Manuscript Tradition: A Glossary of Technical Terms and Bibliography. Leiden: Brill, 2001 (Hatcher DS 3 .A2 H24 Abt.1 v.58, Near East Reference DS 3 .A2 H24 Abt.1 v.58, and available online through the Library's subscription to Brill Online)

-----. The Arabic Manuscript Tradition: A Glossary of Technical Terms and Bibliography – Supplement. Leiden: Brill, 2008 (Hatcher Z 6605 .A6 G33 2001 Suppl., Near East Reference  Z 6605 .A6 G33 2001 Suppl., and available online through the Library's subscription to Brill Online)

-----. Arabic Manuscripts: A Vademecum for Readers. Leiden: Brill, 2009 (Hatcher Z 115.1 .G33 2009, Near East Reference Z 115.1 .G33 2009, and available online through the Library's subscription to Brill Online)

al-Ḥalwajī, ʻAbd al-Sattār. Naḥwa ʻilm makhṭūṭāt ʻArabī. al-Qahirah: Dar al-Qahirah, 2004.

Roper, Geoffrey, Ed. World Survey of Islamic Manuscripts. London: Al-Furqan Islamic Heritage Foundation, 1992-1994. (Hatcher Graduate Z 6611 .I8 W96 1992 v.1-4) Available online via Al-Furqan Digital Library Portal "World Collections" at http://www.al-furqan.com/world_library/

Ṣafarī Āqʹqalʻah, ʻAlī. Nuskhahʹshinākht: pizhūhishnāmah-ʼi nuskhahʹshināsī-i nusakh-i khaṭṭī-i Fārsī [= Handbook of Persian codicology: an introduction to the study of Persian manuscripts] bā muqaddamah-ʼi Īraj Afshār. Tihrān: Markaz-i Pizhūhishī-i Mīrās̲-i Maktūb, 2011.

Sayyid, Ayman Fuʾād. al-Kitāb al-ʻArabī al-makhṭūṭ wa-ʻilm al-makhṭūṭāt. al-Qāhirah : al-Dār al-Miṣrīyah al-Lubnānīyah, 1997.

 

Serial Publications (i.e. Journals / Periodicals)

Āfāq al-thaqāfah wa-al-turāth

Dubayy: Idārat al-Baḥth al-ʻIlmī wa-al-Nashāṭ al-Thaqāfī bi-Markaz Jumʻah al-Mājid lil-Thaqāfah wa-al-Turāth, 1993-

DS 36.85 .A33 (Hatcher Graduate)

http://mirlyn-classic.lib.umich.edu/F/?func=direct&doc_number=005344090&local_base=AA_PUB


ʻĀlam al-makhṭūṭāt wa-al-nawādir

al-Riyāḍ: ʻĀlam al-Kutub, 1996-

(available via ILL)


Chroniques du manuscrit au Yémen = حوليات مخطوطات اليمن

"Créée en 2006 par Eric Vallet et Anne Regourd, Chroniques du manuscrit au Yémen est une revue du CEFAS consacrée à l’étude des manuscrits. Elle est diffusée exclusivement en ligne, ses articles sont en français et en anglais, accompagnés d’une traduction en arabe. « Manuscrit » est compris dans un sens extensif, sans distinction de période. L’ensemble des disciplines du manuscrit sont prises en compte (édition de textes, codicologie, histoire de l’art, catalogage, numérisation, conservation, etc.). Les n°1 à 18 (2006-2014) sont disponibles sur le site revue.org de OpenEdition. Lien vers la revue : https://cmy.revues.org/"

Sanaa, Yemen : Centre Français d’Archéologie et de Sciences Sociales de Sanaa, 2006-

(available freely online in French and Arabic ; see links above) 


Gazette du livre médiéval

http://www.palaeographia.org/glm/glm.htm

"The GAZETTE DU LIVRE MÉDIÉVAL has been published since 1982 by a group of medievalists from different countries. While bringing together a diversity of scientific interests, they share the conviction that the history of the book ought to encompass all aspects of this outstanding witness of medieval cultural life, and deserves to be treated as an autonomous discipline. They hope to remove the artificial barrier that tends to separate the manuscript and the incunable, and to extend the field of study and reflection to non-occidental civilisations, envisaging eventually a comparative synthesis.

The GLM has been conceived of as something more than a newsletter, but different from an academic review. The first half of each fascicle is devoted to short contributions that summarize recent activity in different areas of research, that reflect on methodological problems, or that present points of view on topical issues. The remainder of the journal offers the reader technical notes, short book reviews, a listing of recent bibliography, announcements or summaries of colloquia, seminars and exhibitions, information concerning research and documentation projects, and other news."

Paris: Éditions CEMI, 1982-

(some articles indexed in Index Islamicus ; available via ILL with contents listings - alphabetical and chronological - and select content available online)


Guzārish-i Mīrās̲ (Gozāresh-e Mirās. Bimonthly Journal of Textual Criticism, Codicology, and Iranology)

Tihrān : Markaz-i Pizhūhishi-yi Mīrās̲-i Maktūb, 1384 [2005]-

(available via ILL with some contents listings online ; see http://www.mirasmaktoob.ir/gozaresh.asp and http://www.noormags.com/view/fa/magazine/660)


Journal of Islamic Manuscripts

http://www.brill.com/journal-islamic-manuscripts

"The Journal of Islamic Manuscripts explores the crucial importance of the handwritten book in the Muslim world. It is concerned with the written transmission of knowledge, the numerous varieties of Islamic book culture and the materials and techniques of bookmaking, namely codicology. It also considers activities related to the care and management of Islamic manuscript collections, including cataloguing, conservation and digitization. It is the journal’s ambition to provide students and scholars, librarians and collectors – in short, everyone who is interested in Islamic manuscripts – with a professional journal and functional platform of their own. It welcomes contributions in English, French and Arabic on codicology, textual studies, manuscript collections and collection care and management. Papers will be peer-reviewed to maintain a high scholarly level. The Journal of Islamic Manuscripts is published on behalf of the Islamic Manuscript Association Limited, an international non-profit organization dedicated to protecting Islamic manuscripts and supporting those who work with them. For enquiries and submission of articles for the Journal please contact the editor, Prof. Jan Just Witkam in Leiden"

Leiden: Brill, 2010-

(indexed in Index Islamicus ; online version available via the Library's subscription to Brill Online http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com.proxy.lib.umich.edu/content/1878464x/)

http://mirlyn-classic.lib.umich.edu/F/?func=direct&doc_number=008846541&local_base=AA_PUB


Majallat Maʻhad al-Makhṭūṭāt al-ʻArabīyah

al-Qāhirah: Maʻhad al-Makhṭūṭāt fī Jāmiʻat al-Duwal al-ʻArabīyah, 1955-

Z 6605 .A6 C14 (Hatcher Graduate and Buhr Shelving Facility)

http://mirlyn-classic.lib.umich.edu/F/?func=direct&doc_number=000543173&local_base=AA_PUB


Majallat al-wathāʼiq wa-al-makhṭūṭāt

Ṭarābulus [Libya]: Markaz Dirāsat Jihād al-Lībīyīn Ḍidda al-Ghazw al-Īṭālī, 1986-

(available via ILL)


Manuscripta. A Journal for Manuscript Research.

http://libraries.slu.edu/special_collections/manuscripta

St. Louis, MO: Knights of Columbus, Vatican Film Library, St. Louis University via Brepols Publishers, 1957-

Z 6621 .R79 M28 (Buhr and Hatcher Graduate)

(online version available via the Library's subscription to BREPOLS Periodica & Miscellanea Online http://brepols.metapress.com.proxy.lib.umich.edu/content/121202/?genre=journal&issn=0025-2603)

http://mirlyn-classic.lib.umich.edu/F/?func=direct&doc_number=000500650&local_base=MIU01_PUB 


Manuscripta Orientalia. International Journal for Oriental Manuscript Research.

http://manuscripta-orientalia.kunstkamera.ru/

St. Petersburg: Russian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Oriental Studies, 1995-

Z 108 .M36 (Hatcher Graduate)

(indexed in Index Islamicus and FRANCIS, contents listings for several issues available at http://manuscripta-orientalia.kunstkamera.ru/archive/)

http://mirlyn-classic.lib.umich.edu/F/?func=direct&doc_number=004096934&local_base=AA_PUB


Manuscripts of the Middle East. A Journal Devoted to the Study of Handwritten Materials of the Middle East.

Leiden: Ter Lugt Press, 1986-1992.

Z 6620 .M5 M3 (Hatcher Graduate)

(indexed in Index Islamicus)

http://mirlyn-classic.lib.umich.edu/F/?func=direct&doc_number=000863106&local_base=AA_PUB


Mirʼāt al-turāth

http://www.almarkaz.ma/Revue.aspx?C=5563&N=5558

al-Rabāṭ: al-Rābiṭah al-Muḥammadīyah lil-ʻUlamāʼ, Markaz al-Dirāsāt wa-al-Abḥāth wa-Iḥyāʼ al-Turāth, 2011-

(available via ILL with contents listings also available online)


Nāmah-ʾi bahāristān : majallah-i muṭālaʻāt va taḥqīqāt-i nuskhahʹhā-yi khaṭṭī (Nāmeh-ye Bahārestān)

Tihrān : Kitābkhānah, Mūzih va Markaz-i Asnād-i Majlis-i Shūrā-yi Islāmī, 1379- [2000-]

Z 6621 .N36 (Hatcher Graduate)

http://mirlyn-classic.lib.umich.edu/F/?func=direct&doc_number=003859698&local_base=AA_PUB


Nouvelles des manuscrits du Moyen-Orient

accompanied by Fichier des Manuscrits Moyen-Orientaux Datés (FiMMOD)

Paris: École pratique des hautes études, 1992-2001.

(partially indexed in Index Islamicus ; available via ILL or Prof. J.J. Witkam's Islamic manuscripts reference library ; the planned electronic version of the FiMMOD, using the Kabikadj software,  has not yet appeared)


Turāthīyāt

al-Qāhirah: Dār al-Kutub wa-al-Wathāʼiq al-Qawmīyah, Markaz Taḥqīq al-Turāth, [2003]-

(available via ILL)

Article Databases and Online Reference Works

A Chronology of Nineteenth-Century Periodicals in Arabic (1800-1900)

http://www.zmo.de/jaraid/index.html

AATA Online (Abstracts of International Conservation Literature)

"AATA Online is a comprehensive database of over 121,000 abstracts of literature related to the preservation and conservation of material cultural heritage. AATA now includes selected subject-specific bibliographies produced as part of the Getty Conservation Institute's own conservation and scientific research projects or as part of specific collaborative projects in which the Institute is involved."

http://aata.getty.edu/Home

BCIN (Bibliographic Database of the Conservation Information Network)

"BCIN, the Bibliographic Database of the Conservation Information Network, is the Web's most complete bibliographic resource for the conservation, preservation and restoration of cultural property."

http://www.bcin.ca/English/home_english.html

Database of Arabic Literature in Western Research (DAL)

"The Database of Arabic Literature in Western Research (DAL) is an easy-to-use, searchable, internet-based bibliographic database of Arabic literature in western research. Search Keyword and other Browse links on the left hand bar, as well as Simple Search and Advanced Search, provide easy access to detailed, annotated and content-enriched bibliographic records of books, articles, chapters of books and reviews written in English since the movement of translation and commentary of Arabic literary texts first began in the West."

http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/database-arabic-literature-western-research-dal

EThOS (Electronic Theses Online Service)

"EThOS is the UK’s national thesis service which aims to maximise the visibility and availability of the UK’s doctoral research theses."

http://ethos.bl.uk

FRANCIS

"Provides indexing and abstracts of books and articles from over 4,200 European-language journals in the humanities and social sciences--especially in religion, history of art, literature, philosophy, and economics."

http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/francis-international-humanities-and-social-studies

Historical Abstracts

"Historical Abstracts covers the history of the world (excluding the United States and Canada) from 1450 to the present, including world history, military history, women's history, history of education, and more. The database indexes more than 1,700 academic historical journals in over 40 languages back to 1955."

http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/historical-abstracts-ebsco

Index Islamicus

"Indexes materials on Islam, the Middle East, and the entire Muslim world from periodicals, monographs, and other collections in European languages. Includes coverage arts & humanities, history and social sciences topics." Coverage of important periodicals such as Manuscripts of the Middle East, Manuscripta Orientalia and the Journal of Islamic Manuscripts.

http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/index-islamicus-ebsco

Islamic Painted Page 

"Welcome to the Islamic Painted Page database - a huge database of references for Persian paintings, Ottoman paintings, Arab paintings and Mughal paintings. This site enables you to locate printed reproductions, commentaries and weblinks for thousands of Islamic paintings, including illuminated "carpet" pages, decorated Quran pages, and book bindings from over 230 collections all over the world."

http://www.islamicpaintedpage.com/

International Bibliography of Art (IBA)

"The International Bibliography of Art (IBA) is an index to scholarly literature on Western art and art history, incorporating journal articles, monographs, essay collections, and conference proceedings. It is a successor database to the Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA) and the Répertoire International de la Litterature d'Art (RILA). IBA includes citations for works published or indexed from 2008 through the present. For scholarship on Western art and art history that was published between 1975-2007, please consult the freely available BHA and RILA databases via the Getty Research Institute."

http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/international-bibliography-art

JSTOR

"Provides full-text access to the archives of core scholarly journals in the arts, humanities, social sciences and sciences."

http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/jstor

MECAS (Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies)

http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/middle-eastern-and-central-asian-studies

"An index of research, policy and scholarly discourse on the countries and peoples of the Middle East, Central Asia and North Africa. This database contains more than 332,790 records and coverage spans from 1900 and earlier to present....MECAS includes the following: Middle East Bibliography (1946 - 2001), Middle East Book Bibliographies, Theses & Dissertations, MECAS Citations Database and School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS) Library Catalogue (1900 - present)."

Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations

http://www.vtls.com/ndltd 

"The Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD) is an international organization that, through leadership and innovation, promotes the adoption, creation, use, dissemination and preservation of electronic theses and dissertations...NDLTD Union Catalog contains more than one million records of electronic theses and dissertations"

Open Access Theses & Dissertations 

http://oatd.org/

"OATD.org aims to be the best possible resource for finding open access graduate theses and dissertations published around the world. Metadata (information about the theses) comes from over 1000 colleges, universities, and research institutions. OATD currently indexes 2,060,382 theses and dissertations."

ProQuest Dissertations & Theses

http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/proquest-dissertations-theses

"Indexing & authors' abstracts for 90% of doctoral dissertations and some masters theses accepted each year in the United States and Canada (since 1861), plus thousands more from Great Britain and Ireland (since 1716), and selected other universities around the world (as far back as 1637).  Includes full-text (in PDF) of most* dissertations submitted at University of Michigan and the 13 other CIC/Big Ten Universities since 1997."


The Arabic Manuscript Tradition (AMT) - Supplement (Adam Gacek)

http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/9789047432999

Arabic Manuscripts: A Vademecum for Readers (Adam Gacek)

http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/9789047443032

Brill Online Reference Works

Including the Encyclopaedia of Islam (2nd and 3rd Eds.), Encyclopaedia of the Qur’ān, Encyclopedia Islamica, Encyclopedia of Arabic Language & Linguistics, Brockelmann Online, etc.

http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/brill-online-reference-works

Middle Eastern Manuscripts Online 1: Pioneer Orientalists

"This collection consists of the Arabic manuscripts of Joseph Justus Scaliger (d. 1609), Franciscus Raphelengius (d. 1597) and Jacobus Golius (d. 1667) from the Leiden University Library, one of Europe’s top repositories of Oriental manuscripts. These three collections are Leiden’s oldest core collections of Arabic manuscripts. The Golius collection is particularly famous for its manuscripts on Islamic science. In total 303 volumes were scanned in full color, resulting in 503 texts with metadata which are now available online in this collection."

http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/middle-eastern-manuscripts-online-1-pioneer-orientalists

Middle Eastern Manuscripts Online 2: The Ottoman Legacy of Levinus Warner

"This online publication consists of 140 volumes from the Warner Collection, totaling 45,809 pages of Ottoman Turkish, Arabic, and Persian texts. All these manuscripts were acquired by the great scholar Levinus Warner during his stay in Istanbul from 1644 until his death in 1665."

http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/middle-eastern-manuscripts-online-2-ottoman-legacy-levinus-warner

Islamic Manuscripts Reference Library (Prof. J J Witkam)

Professor Jan Just Witkam has compiled an incredibly valuable digital library of reference material relevant to Islamic manuscript studies:

http://islamicmanuscripts.info/reference/index.html

“This part of the Islamic manuscripts site contains many out of print publications which are nowadays often difficult to find. The section is continually being expanded. Among other things it contains the full contents of Manuscripts of the Middle East (MME), the journal published by Ter Lugt Press in Leiden in the 1980's and 1990's.

This section also contains recent publications some of which may still be in print. These have usually been included with the permission of the owners of the copyright, sometimes with mention of the websites where such publications can be purchased.

This section of the site also contains older catalogues of Islamic manuscripts, which are now out-of-print, and a great number of other relevant publications...”

Online Dictionaries

Fully searchable Steingass available through the Digital Dictionaries of South Asia

Steingass, Francis Joseph. A Comprehensive Persian-English dictionary, including the Arabic words and phrases to be met with in Persian literature. London: Routledge & K. Paul, 1892.

http://dsal.uchicago.edu/dictionaries/steingass/

Fully searchable Hayyim available through the Digital Dictionaries of South Asia

Hayyim, Sulayman. New Persian-English dictionary, complete and modern, designed to give the English meanings of over 50,000 words, terms, idioms, and proverbs in the Persian language, as well as the transliteration of the words in English characters. Together with a sufficient treatment of all the grammatical features of the Persian Language. [Teheran, Librairie-imprimerie Béroukhim] 1934-1936.

http://dsal.uchicago.edu/dictionaries/hayyim/


Lane online (Lane, Edward William. Arabic-English Lexicon. London: Willams & Norgate, 1863)

http://www.tyndalearchive.com/tabs/lane/


Searchable Wehr, Lane, Hava, etc (root-based dictionaries) from ejtaal.net

http://ejtaal.net/aa/


Searchable Mawrid (7th ed) = المورد from ejtaal.net

http://ejtaal.net/mr/


Osmanlıca Sözlükler (searchable selection of Ottoman dictionaries)

http://www.osmanlicasozlukler.com/

Online Date Conversion

Iranian Calendar Converter, Iranian Chamber Society (Jalali / Jalaali / solar Hijri, Gregorian, Hijri)

http://www.iranchamber.com/calendar/converter/iranian_calendar_converter.php


Conversion of Islamic and Christian dates, by Johannes Thomann, Orientalisches Seminar, University of Zurich (Hijri, Gregorian)

http://www.oriold.uzh.ch/static/hegira.html

Conversion of Maliyya, Islamic and Christian dates, by Johannes Thomann, Orientalisches Seminar, University of Zurich (Maliye, Hijri, Gregorian)

http://www.oriold.uzh.ch/maliyya.html

http://mela.us/committees/hegira.html


Tadayoshi Funaba's "calendar conversion" (Gregorian, Julian, Hijri, Hebrew, Hindu, Coptic, Ethiopian, Jalaali / solar Hijri, etc.)

http://www.funaba.org/en/calendar-conversion.cgi


TAKVİMLER VE BİRBİRLERİNE DÖNÜŞÜMLERİ (Gregorian, Hijri, Rumi)

http://www.takvim.com/takvim_donusum.php


Tarih Çevirme Kılavuzu (Gregorian, Hijri, Rumi)

http://www.ttk.gov.tr/genel/tarih-cevirme-kilavuzu/

http://193.255.138.2/takvim.asp


Kalenderrechner 2 (Vergleich) by Nikolaus A. Bär (Julian, Gregorian, Islamic, Hebrew, Coptic, Jalaali, etc.)

http://www.nabkal.de/kalrech2.html


and in print, certainly see Wüstenfeld-Mahler’sche Vergleichungs-Tabellen zur muslimischen und iranischen Zeitrechnung, miu Tafeln zur Umrechnung orient-christlicher Ären. Wiesbaden: Deutsch Morgenländische Gesellschaft, in Kommission bei F. Steiner Verlag, 1961. (several locations)

Names

Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition (EI2) Online (available through the Library's subscription to Brill online http://referenceworks.brillonline.com.proxy.lib.umich.edu/browse/encyclopaedia-of-islam-2)

Beeston, A. F. L. Arabic Nomenclature: A Summary Guide for Beginners. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1971. Available online http://www.islamicmanuscripts.info/reference/books/Beeston-1971-Nomenclature.pdf

Bosworth, Clifford Edmund. The Islamic dynasties; a chronological and genealogical handbook. Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, 1967. (Buhr D 199.3 .I82 v.5 and Fine Arts DS 223 .B75)

_______. The new Islamic dynasties : a chronological and genealogical manual. Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, 1996.

Müller, Christian and Sublet, Jacqueline. Onomasticon Arabicum. Prosopographie de l’islam médiéval. Mise en mémoire des données biographiques, Paris, IRHT, 2006 (Ædilis, Bases de données et logiciels, 3) available online http://onomasticon.irht.cnrs.fr/

Schimmel, Annemarie. Islamic Names. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press,1989. (Hatcher Graduate CS 2970 .S36 1989)

Sublet, Jacqueline. Le voile du nom: essai sur le nom propre arabe. Paris: Presses universitaires de France, c1991 (Hatcher Graduate CS 2970 .S74x 1991)

Zambaur, Eduard von. Manuel de généalogie et de chronologie pour l’histoire de l’Islam. Hanovre: H. Lefaire, 1927. (Hatcher Graduate DS 223 .Z23 and Buhr DS 223 .Z23)

Zambaur, revised and enlarged Arabic ed. = Muʻjam al-ansāb wa-isrāt al-ḥākimah fī al-tārīkh al-Islāmī, Zakī Muḥammad Ḥasan Bakk and Ḥasan Aḥmad Maḥmūd, eds. [Cairo] : Maṭbaʻat Jāmiʻat Fuʾād al-Awwal, 1951. (Hatcher Graduate DS 223 .Z239)


Bouquet, Olivier. "Onomasticon Ottomanicum : identification administrative et désignation sociale dans l’État ottoman du xixe  siècle." Revue des mondes musulmans et de la Méditerranée, 127 (juillet 2010), mis en ligne le 05 janvier 2012, consulté le 25 juillet 2013 http://remmm.revues.org/6743

Kunt, M. "Ottoman Names and Ottoman Ages." Journal of Turkish Studies 10 (1986): 227-234.

Türkischer biographischer Index [=Turkish biographical index]. München: Saur, 2004 (CT 1902 .T87 2004 v.1-3)