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 Manuscripts in Rashid (Rosetta) - Damanhour: El Bohira, Egypt

Prepared by Dr. Youssuf Ziedan

This catalogue introduces the manuscripts held in Rashid-Damanhour al-Bohira in Egypt. The subjects are varied, including Islamic sciences, such as the sciences of Qurʾān, jurisprudence, Ḥadīth, the sciences of language, morphology, grammar, rhetoric, philosophy, Sufism and poetry.



Handlist of Manuscripts in the Centre de Documentation et de Recherches Historiques Ahmed Baba, Timbuktu - Mali

Prepared by Various Cataloguers

This catalogue describes in its five volumes 9000 manuscripts held in the Aḥmad Baba Institute of Higher Learning and Islamic Research in Timbuktu, Mali. It is a centre specialised in collecting the manuscripts of West Africa and cataloguing, preserving and restoring them. The manuscripts are written in Arabic, Turkish, and . . .



Handlist of Manuscripts in the Nigerian National Archives of Kaduna

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

This catalogue describes more that 1500 manuscripts in the Nigerian National Archives of Kaduna, Nigeria. Most are written in Arabic and some in African languages such as Hausa and Fulani. The subjects covered in this catalogue include most of the fields of Islamic knowledge, such as the Qurʾānic sciences, exegesis, the . . .


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