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Islamic manuscripts

Welcome - Merhaba - أهلا وسهلا - Hoşgeldiniz - خوش آمدید ! This guide details useful sources for the study of Islamic rare books and manuscripts. It focuses primarily on materials held at McGill, and projects realized by the Islamic Studies Library.

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Islamic Manuscripts at McGill

The Islamic manuscripts at McGill are in Arabic, Persian, Ottoman Turkish and a few other languages:

  • the Arabic manuscripts collection includes 280 codices covering the traditional Islamic disciplines (Qur'ans and Qur'anic exegesis, Islamic Law, Philosophy, Theology (Kalam), Natural History, Medicine, Mathematics, etc.) and a collection of over 200 pieces of Arabic calligraphy
  • the Persian manuscripts collection is made of 334 codices embracing all aspects of the Islamic culture (Qur'anic exegesis, Islamic Law, Philosophy, Theology (Kalam), History, Literature and Sciences) as well as 81 fragments many containing miniature paintings
  • the Turkish manuscripts collection includes 35 codices covering a wide variety of disciplines such as Sufism, Ethics, Islamic Law, Poetry, Medicine, etc.
  • 2 Malay codices and a small number of Urdu and Hindustani manuscripts complete the McGill collection.

RBD MS Persian 0028

RBD MS Persian 0028


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