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Islamic Manuscripts Collection

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

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

The University of Michigan does not hold the copyright for the manuscripts and so cannot grant or deny permission regarding their use to you or your publisher.

However, we are more than happy to acknowledge your use.

Please forward a message with your intention to quote, publish, or reproduce an image from a manuscript to the curator, Evyn Kropf ( In this message, please 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 proper attribution with any quote, reproduction or other publication from a manuscript from the collection.

Please follow this form of attribution in your citation for a manuscript, using the appropriate shelfmark / call number and page or folio number:

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

To identify the shelfmark / call number:

  • In Library Catalog Search >> look under "Call Number" or the "Shelfmark:" note 
  • In HathiTrust >> look for the "Shelfmark:" note of the HathiTrust catalogue record.

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

  • In Library Catalog Search >> copy the url from your browser's navigation bar and strip off the ? and everything following
  • In HathiTrust >> copy the url for the catalogue record as it appears in your browser's navigation bar (follow the link to "View full catalogue record" if in the HathiTrust viewer interface).

for example

url for Library Catalog Search

url for HathiTrust catalog