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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.

Persian Manuscripts

The links below reflect only those Persian Manuscripts included in McGill University's catalogue. The Persian Manuscripts are held at the Rare Books and Special Collections department in the McLennan Library, with the exception of the Osler collection which are held at the Osler Library.

For finding McGill's manuscript, rare books or lithographs collection via WorldCat Discovery follow these steps:

Other Class Number (ot).

For finding rare books and special collections, particularly if the item has been digitized it is best to search using the call number (most often an accession number for RBSC [formerly RBD]) with the index Other Class Number (abbreviated as ot). For example, searching for ot: rbd 6 will retrieve McGill’s copy of Dalāʼil al-khayrāt wa-shawāriq al-anwār.


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