Welcome! This subject guide details some of the most used sources for the study of Islamic rare books and manuscripts. The guide focuses primarily on materials held by the McGill library, and projects realized by the Islamic Studies library.
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(RBD P27: Gathering of Sufis)
The Islamic manuscripts at McGill fall into three groups: Arabic, Persian and Turkish. The Arabic manuscripts, some thirty-three codices, are mostly Qur'ans, or tracts on Sufism and Shi’ite sects. In addition, there is a collection of over two hundred pieces of Arabic calligraphy. There are some thirty-five Persian codices, primarily poetry, and about a hundred separate leaves, many containing miniature paintings. Among the latter is one leaf dated to the thirteenth century and a leaf from the Demotte "Shahnama", c. 1350. There are also four Turkish manuscripts, two Malay manuscripts as well as a small number of Urdu and Hindustani manuscripts.