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The British Library’s collection of Arabic manuscripts is justly world-famous. It is one of the largest such collections in Europe and North America, comprising almost 15,000 works. It is also renowned for the importance of many individual items, from some of the finest calligraphic and ...
Anthologies and literary miscellanies contains also collections of anecdotes, proverbs, belles-lettres in addition to anthologised collections of poetry and prose. This collection is also included in the Arabic Manuscripts in the British Library collection.
Protosciences is an umbrella term to include works of a magical, occult, amuletic and quasi-scientific nature. Other sciences is subdivided under agriculture, calligraphy, Chess, Conjuring, Cookery, Falconry, Gemmology, General Science, Mechanics, Hydraulics, Military, Music, Natural History, ...
Works on the general principles of Islamic law and works on the application of Islamic law. Since in most cases the religious stance of the author is apparent, this category has been subdivided into the four Sunni schools and the Shiah school of law. Commentaries, legal monographs and ...
Hadith includes the collections of traditions together with commentaries and glosses on them. Also covered are critical works, compilations of traditions on specific subjects, works on the chains of transmission and works which use hadith as proof texts. Kalam are works on theology in the widest ...
Works on biography, history, and geography. This collection is also included in the Arabic Manuscripts in the British Library collection.
This section includes works of Moslim philosophers in all fields of philosophical study, as weel as versions of and commentaries on Greek texts. Works on practical philosophy covering general morality and conduct, both personal and public, are also included. This collection is also included in ...
This subject consists of Arabic works in Syriac scipt (Karshuni), and bilingual texts in addition to many works translated in to Arabic. It also includes Arabic works in Hebrew or Samaritan scripts as well as bilingual texts covering not only Jewish but also Muslim culture. Non-specific works, ...
This section includes not only the complete work but also individual sections of the Qur'anic text and, in some cases, single pages of calligraphic importance. It contains works on the accepted reading traditions of the Qur'anic text and the specific rules of recitation. This section includes ...
Manuscripts in Arabic characters, most of them Arabic and about 10 percent of them Persian and Ottoman, collected by professor A.S. Yahuda. Approximately one-third of the manuscripts are medieval, dating from the ninth to the sixteenth century. The contents of the manuscripts include all areas ...
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