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Islamic Manuscripts Collection

Information about using the Islamic Manuscripts Collection held at the University of Michigan Library.

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Islamic Manuscript Studies Research Guide


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.

Featured Manuscript

illuminated manuscript page with decoration in gold, blue and other colors framing text in Arabic script
Illuminated opening in Isl. Ms. 246, a 17th century copy of the Dīwān, or collected poems, of Abū al-Ṭayyib Aḥmad al-Mutanabbī (d.965), widely considered the greatest and perhaps most influential of Arab poets. In this manuscript, the poems are accompanied by marginal commentary arranged in artful geometric shapes.

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Collaboration in Cataloging: Islamic Manuscripts at Michigan

This guide is an outcome of the "Collaboration in Cataloging: Islamic Manuscripts at Michigan" project during which full cataloging for the entire Islamic Manuscripts Collection was completed. Read more about the digitization effort which supported the cataloguing effort!