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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.

Overview and metadata sections

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.

No appraisal information is available.

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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

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