Manuscripts, Manuscript Collections and Inscriptions


1. General Manuscript Collections

U. Mich collection:
http://www.lib.umich.edu/islamic/

Princeton Digital Library of Islamic Manuscripts:
http://library.princeton.edu/projects/islamic/index.html

Not sure if this should go here or not, but from the corner of Ottoman and Turkish studies -- The Hakki Tarik Us Collection at Beyazit State University is a great collection of digitized Ottoman Periodicals. The quality isn't perfect, but the sheer size of it makes up for that. Also, it seems to be only available on PCs, but again, not a large hurdle:
http://www.tufs.ac.jp/common/fs/asw/tur/htu/

Arabic Papyrology School offers you an easy, step by step introduction to methods that enable you to read and understand original Arabic documents, which give an insight into everyday life:
http://orientx.unizh.ch:8080/aps_test_2/home/index.jsp

Turkish Ministry of Culture's website of manuscripts -- you have to make an account, and it can take a few days for approval, but then you can order manuscripts online: http://yazmalar.gov.tr/

The Centre for Islamic Studies in Istanbul (İslam Araştırmaları Merkezi) has a search engine for all of the libraries and manuscript collections in Turkey: http://ktp.isam.org.tr/
(Click on "Türkiye Kütüphaneleri Veri Tabanı" at the top.) Most manuscript collections have been digitized, or are in the process of digitization, and digital copies (on CD) can be ordered by calling the particular library.

Tombouctou Manuscripts Project:
http://www.tombouctoumanuscripts.org/

List of manuscript collections openly viewable online. Posted to AMIR in Dec. 2010. (More is probably available by now.)
http://amirmideast.blogspot.com/2010/12/alphabetical-list-of-open-access_10.html

via Evyn Kropf: list of Islamic manuscripts available online. Updated frequently.
http://delicious.com/ekropf/islamic_manuscripts

Corpus of South Arabian Inscriptions:
http://csai.humnet.unipi.it/csai/html/index.html

Altsüdarabische Inschriften auf Holzstäbchen:
http://daten.digitale-sammlungen.de/~db/ausgaben/uni_ausgabe.html?recherche=ja&ordnung=sig&projekt=1194883942&l=de

Catalog of the Institute of Manuscripts, Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences. Lists about 40,000 manuscripts in Turkish, Persian, Arabic and a few in Russian. Courtesy of Kevin Gledhill.
https://docs.google.com/file/d/0BwrEyjM-f1j5OVlkV2liaWFwYVE/edit

King Saud University Manuscript Collection:
http://makhtota.ksu.edu.sa/

Fihrist. A catalogue that provides a searchable interface to basic manuscript descriptions from some of the major manuscript collections in the UK: http://www.fihrist.org.uk/

Arabic Papyrus, Parchment and Paper Collection. (Collection:770 Arabic documents on Papyrus, 1300 Arabic documents on paper and 11 Arabic documents on Parchment)
University of Utah: http://content.lib.utah.edu/cdm4/az_details.php?id=61.

Biblioteca virtual del patrimonio bibliografico.
http://bvpb.mcu.es/es/estaticos/contenido.cmd?pagina=estaticos/presentacion

Bibliotheque numerique marocaine.
http://bnm.bnrm.ma:86/ListeManuscrits.aspx?IDC=1

Collection des Manuscrits de la Bibliotheque d’Alexandrie.
http://www.e-corpus.org/eng/virtualcollections/aristhot/notices/10215-Collection-des-manuscrits-de-la-Bibliotheque-d-Alexandrie.html


2. Individual Manuscripts/Multiple Mss. of Same Work

Peck Shahnameh Manuscript, Princeton University Digital Library:
http://pudl.princeton.edu/objects/bg257f817

Cambridge Shahnama Project. From the site intro: "This site brings you a comprehensive collection of manuscripts of the Shahnama, the Persian epic 'Book of Kings', completed by the poet Firdausi in AD 1010, together with a display of the miniature paintings in each one. There are currently about 1500 manuscripts and single pages recorded, 18,000 records of paintings, and 12,000 images from all over the world, now accessible with a few clicks of a mouse."
http://shahnama.caret.cam.ac.uk/new/jnama/page/

A rare manuscript of the Farhang-e Shoʿuri (Persian-Arabic dictionary), hosted at Harvard:
http://pds.lib.harvard.edu/pds/view/10615956
[Is there a place where one can see what other manuscripts they're hosting?]

The Book of Curiosities, Oxford University

3. Islamic Manuscripts Subject Guides

McGill University:
http://www.mcgill.ca/library/library-findinfo/subjects/humanities/islamic/manuscripts/

UCLA Middle East Manuscripts:
http://guides.library.ucla.edu/content.php?pid=22907&sid=997329


4. Catalogues??

Rational Sciences in Islam (RASI): An Initiative for the Study of Philosophy and the Mathematical Sciences in Islam
http://islamsci.mcgill.ca/RASI/

Daiber Collection Database
The Arabic Manuscripts in the Daiber Collection Institute of Oriental Culture, University of Tokyo.

Yemeni Manuscript Digitization Initiative
The Yemen Manuscript Digitization Initiative (YMDI) is a collective of research librarians and leading scholars of classical Islam, Middle Eastern history, and Arabic Literature whose mission is to preserve the Arabic manuscripts in the private libraries of Yemen.