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New Series of Islamic Manuscripts


Held at: Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division [Contact Us]

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

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The collection consists of approximately 5000 texts in 2194 volumes. Includes works in Arabic (ca. 2400), Persian (ca. 2000 texts), and Ottoman Turkish (ca. 600 texts). There is also a small collection of nineteenth century lacquered bindings and illuminated Persian manuscripts. The new series of Islamic manuscripts represents that part of Princeton's Islamic manuscripts collection acquired between the accession of the Garrett Collection in 1942 and the creation of the third series in 1982. The collection is particularly strong in the areas of logic, philosphy, uṣūl al-fiqh, theology, grammar and Sufism. In addition there is a sizeable number of works on mathematics, astronomy and medicine, and a significant number of Shaykhi manuscripts. Persian poetic and Shīʻite theological works are well represented, too.

The collection was formed between 1955 and 1982, primarily by Rudolf Mach. Mach was curator of the Near East Collections, Princeton University Library (1955-1977) and Professor in the Department of Near Eastern Studies until his death in 1981.

Finding aids for the Ottoman Turkish and Persian works are available in the Special Collections.

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

No appraisal information is available.

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