25 May 2019
20 Ramadhan 1440
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Catalogues of Islamic Manuscripts

Part of the Foundation's work is to fund projects in cataloguing and set up cataloguing of private and national collections of Islamic manuscripts in various part of the world. In this section you will find handlists and descriptive catalogues of the different collections the Foundation has published.

The Foundation has continued to bring more uncatalogued collections into its cataloguing project and to place its main emphasis on areas where Islamic manuscripts are endangered and the resources to take remedial steps are lacking. 

Al-Furqan aims to achieve these goals through the study and cataloguing of collections of Islamic manuscripts that have never been catalogued and through their documentation (imaging) by using the best available technological means.


Catalogue of Islamic Manuscripts in the private library of Shaikh Lmūhūb Ulaḥbīb, Bejaia - Algeria

Prepared by Djamel-Eddine Mechehed, Edited by Ayman Fuad Sayyid

This catalogue lists 475 manuscripts of the private library of Ulaḥbīb in the suburbs of Bijāyah in the Republic of Algeria. The subjects covered in this catalogue are the Arabic language and its branches such as literature, poetry, grammar, morphology, tafsīr (Qurʾānic interpretation), tajwīd (Qurʾān recitation sciences), script writing, qirāʾāt . . .



Catalogue of Manuscripts in Niʿmah and Wallatah (Mauritania)

Prepared by Ahmad Ould M. Yahya, Edited by Ulrich Rebstock, Revised by Ibrahim Chabbouh

This catalogue lists 1030 manuscripts held in 14 libraries in the cities of Niʿmah and Wallātah in Mauritania. The subjects of these collections are varied, on topics like the uniqueness of God (tawḥīd), Qurʾānic interpretation (tafsīr), sciences of the Qurʾān, Ḥadīth and its sciences, jurisprudence and its origins, grammar, philosophy, . . .



Handlists of Islamic Manuscripts, Nigeria, the University of Ibadan Library

Prepared by Baba Yunus Muhammad, Edited and annotated by John Hunwick

This catalogue lists 422 manuscripts which are in Ibadan’s University Library, Nigeria. It brings to the fore the role played by two great scholars ʿUthman Dan Fodio and his brother ʿAbd Allah Fodio, who were of the revivers of Islam in Africa. The majority of subjects of the catalogue revolve around . . .


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