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.
- Libraries of Timbuktu: Aboubaker Bin Said Library (7,600 items), Abdoulahi b. Abdourahamane Library (12,700 items), Attaher Mouaz Library (39,000 items), Mamma Haidara Library (37,500 items), Imam Ben Essayouti Library, Al-Wangara Library, and over 20 others (Search Repositories for ‘SAV’ or 'ELIT')
- Djenné Manuscript Library, Djenné: 150 local family collections of Quranic material, texts on religion, grammar, history, literature, Sufi mysticism, and magic
- Muslim family collections in Jerusalem: Budeiry Family Library (1,300 items); Khalidiyya Library (1,680 items), Dar Issaf Nashashibi Library (750 items), and al-Zāwiyah al-Uzbakīyah (181 items)
- Zaydi Manuscript Tradition Project: manuscripts from Yemen as well as European and North American collections, made available through the project at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ
- Sherif Harar City Museum, Harar Jugol, Ethiopia: digital copies of hundreds of manuscripts gathered from families and shrines in the historic center of Islam, deposited by Abdullahi Ali Sherif, founder of the museum
- Great Omari Mosque, Gaza City, Gaza: approximately 250 manuscripts on Islamic jurisprudence, Qur’ans, Quranic texts, works of philosophy, theology, poetry, Sufism, Arabic language, education, medicine, astronomy, history, and geography
- Anjuman-e-Taraqqi-e Urdu Pakistan, Karachi: approximately 2,000 manuscripts on Urdu literature and language, Qur'ans, epic poetry, Sufi treatises, historiographical works, autobiographies, and dictionaries in Urdu, Persian, and Arabic
Date Range10th-20th century
LanguagesArabic, Turkish, Persian, Bambara, Fulfulde, Javanese, and Urdu
CuratorDr. Josh Mugler, Curator of Islamic Manuscripts