Islamic Manuscripts

Islamic Manuscripts

HMML’s growing Islamic manuscript holdings represent a range of Islamic cultures, including the West African tradition centered in Timbuktu (Mali), Harar in Ethiopia, the major family libraries of Jerusalem, the Zaydi tradition of Yemen, manuscripts from Gaza, Persian manuscripts from Mughal India and the Library of Congress. It also includes Islamic manuscripts from Southeast Asia, hosted in partnership with the DREAMSEA Project.

Beginning in 2013, HMML partnered with SAVAMA-DCI (Sauvegarde et Valorisation des Manuscrits pour la Défense de la Culture Islamique) in Bamako, Mali, to digitize the manuscripts evacuated from Timbuktu. HMML has since expanded the project to libraries that remained in Timbuktu and to Mali's other center of Islamic culture, Djenné.

Highlights


Earliest dated manuscript SAV BMH collection - a poem on the names of God - dated 8 Dhū al-Ḥijjah 1046 AH (May 3 1637), corresponding to the end of Timbuktu’s “golden age” (<a href='https://w3id.org/vhmml/readingRoom/view/148132'>SAV BMH 16153</a>) Earliest dated manuscript SAV BMH collection - a poem on the names of God - dated 8 Dhū al-Ḥijjah 1046 AH (May 3 1637), corresponding to the end of Timbuktu’s “golden age” (SAV BMH 16153)
Illustrations of Medina and Mecca in Dalāʼil al-khayrāt - the Prayers for the Prophet - from the Issaf Nashashibi Library, Jerusalem (<a href='https://w3id.org/vhmml/readingRoom/view/139449'>DINL 356 143</a>) Illustrations of Medina and Mecca in Dalāʼil al-khayrāt - the Prayers for the Prophet - from the Issaf Nashashibi Library, Jerusalem (DINL 356 143)
Treatise on Hanafi law from the Great Omari Mosque, Gaza City, Gaza (OMM 68) Treatise on Hanafi law from the Great Omari Mosque, Gaza City, Gaza (OMM 68)
Manuscript from Jāmi' Shahāra, Shahārat al-Ghīs, Yemen (<a href='https://w3id.org/vhmml/readingRoom/view/145950'>ZMT 1905</a>) Manuscript from Jāmi' Shahāra, Shahārat al-Ghīs, Yemen (ZMT 1905)

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