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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" 

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.

For additional terminology resources see Manuscript Description

Important Journals

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)


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) 


Gazette du livre médiéval

"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 ; indexed by Noormags)


Journal of 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 subscription)


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)


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.

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)


Manuscripta Orientalia. International Journal for Oriental Manuscript Research.

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 online)


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 ; available online via Prof. Jan Just Witkam's Islamic manuscripts reference library)


Mirʼāt al-turāth

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)


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. Jan Just 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)

Databases and Online Reference Works

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:

 

 

Online Dictionaries

Online Date Conversion

In print, 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.

Names

Encyclopaedia of Islam (EI, EI2, EIThree) Online (available through the Library's subscription to Brill online)

Beeston, A. F. L. Arabic Nomenclature: A Summary Guide for Beginners. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1971. Available online

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 

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

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)

Selection of other online guides relevant to Islamic manuscript studies