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World Survey of Islamic Manuscripts

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World Survey of Islamic Manuscripts Volume I, English edition
Edited by Geoffrey Roper
Year 1992
ISBN 1 873992 01 7
Pages 569
Price £ 50.00


This volume is one of 4 resulting from al-Furqan’s pioneering project to conduct a comprehensive survey of Islamic manuscript collections throughout the world. One hundred and six countries were eventually covered, including hitherto unknown collections in African countries such as Benin, Chad, the Comoro Islands, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Sierra Leone, South Africa and Togo. European countries whose collections have been described for the first time include Albania, Cyprus, Greece and some countries of the former Soviet Union, such as Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Information about collections of Islamic manuscripts in Bangladesh, China, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines and Thailand was also gathered for the first time. Any manuscript written in the Arabic script was included in the survey. The largest proportion of manuscripts were in Arabic, followed by Persian and Turkish. There was no restriction on the language of the manuscripts; the survey contains descriptions of collections containing manuscripts written in Urdu, Swahili, Punjabi, Hindi and Kurdish. This volume covers Afghanistan, Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Benin, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Cameron, Canada, Croatia, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Hungary, Indonesia and Iran. There are also indices of languages and names.

World Survey of Islamic Manuscripts Volume II, English edition
Edited by Geoffrey Roper
Year 1993
ISBN 1 873992 02 5
Pages 724


Volume II of the World Survey of Islamic Manuscripts covers Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Malta, Morocco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania and the Russian Federation. The survey includes private as well as public collections and provides information on the content of the collections. For example: subjects covered, languages, approximate dates of the manuscripts, the significance of the collections (i.e. whether they contain rare or unique manuscripts or manuscripts of high artistic quality) and the conditions in which they are kept.

World Survey of Islamic Manuscripts Volume III, English edition
Edited by Geoffrey Roper
Year 1994
ISBN 1 873992 03 3
Pages 716


Volume III covers the letters S to Y (there is no Z). It begins with Saudi Arabia and ends with Yugoslavia (Serbia-Montenegro). This volume includes several Muslim countries with large and important collections, notably Syria, Tunisia, Turkey and Yemen. Overall it covers Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Somalia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Uzbekistan,Vatican, Yemen and Yugoslavia. It also includes an index of languages.

World Survey of Islamic Manuscripts Volume IV, English edition
Edited by Geoffrey Roper
Year 1994
ISBN 1 873992 11 4
Pages 489


“The completion of the World Survey of Islamic Manuscripts, is a remarkable achievement and the al-Furqan Islamic Heritage Foundation should be congratulated. The wealth of useful information is truly impressive. Material is clearly and logically presented, with high standard of accuracy in respect of transliteration and non-English citations. The general editor, Geoffrey Roper, has done a magnificent job in the field of Islamic studies”. Colin Wakefield, Bodleian Library, Oxford, British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, 1996, 23 1, 105 – 112. This volume is devoted to material which supplements the contents of Volumes I and II. It includes:-1) Surveys of Algeria, Austria, Burkina Faso, Chad, China, Comoros, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Libya, Mauritania and the Philippines, which were not available in time to take their correct places in the alphabetical sequence;2) Substantial supplementary surveys of Indonesia, Iraq and Nigeria;3) Minor addenda and corrigenda to the published surveys of France, Germany, India, Ireland and Palestine. The World Survey of Islamic Manuscripts updates previous bibliographies in this field by covering countries and collections not previously investigated, whilst giving details of available and unpublished catalogues, handlists, registers, and so on.



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October 15, 2006 at 6:20 pm

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