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In 1989 the Foundation set up a research project to investigate, as comprehensively as possible, the present state of Islamic manuscript collections extant worldwide. Scholars were identified and commissioned to carry out a survey in more than 100 countries. The outcome of this project was the World Survey of Islamic Manuscripts publication.

The Foundation made history in the field of Islamic manuscripts with the publication of the World Survey. It was a project that brought together manuscript scholars from almost every part of the world with the shared goal of realising the ambitious bibliographical work.

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Country:United Kingdom
City:London
Library:

Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine

Contact:Library, 183 Euston Rd, London NW1 2BN
Telephone:0171-383-4414
Date of establishment:Unknown
Status:Institutional
Status Details:Research institute
Condition of access:Proof of identity and academic status required. Appointment advisable: write to the Curator of Oriental Books and Manuscripts.
Open Monday to Friday 09.00–17.00.
Total number of Islamic MSS:ca. 1,250 (600 Arabic; ca. 15 Malay; 625 Persian; 23 Turkish; 15 Urdu).
Description of Collection:The Library holdings are essentially oriented towards medical subjects, but many other areas of human endeavour are represented in the collections.‎ One of the finest Arabic MSS is a copy of Al-Qanun Fi 'l-ṭibb by Ibn Sīnā dated 1042/1632.‎ The Persian MSS include most of the classical Persian medical texts along with many non-medical texts from Persian literature, and one of the most distinguished is the horoscope of Prince Iskandar, grandson of Timur Lang.‎ It was copied in 813 [1410–11] and is finely illustrated.‎ The small group of Turkish MSS includes a unique MS.‎ in Arabic and Turkish of the Qaṣīdat al-Burda dated 1053 [1643].‎ See
1984  The Oriental collections of the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine.‎By Nigel Allan.‎ London: Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine.‎ 12pp.‎
In 1987 the Wellcome Institute acquired most of the Arabic medical MSS in the collection built up by Sāmī Ḥaddād in Beirut (94 MSS).‎ See the 1984 published catalogue [under published catalogues]:
1984  Fihris al-makhṭūṭāt al-ṭibbīya al-ʿArabīya fī maktabat al-Duktūr Sāmī Ibrāhīm Ḥaddād.‎By Farīd Sāmī Ḥaddād & Hans H.‎ Bistir-fild (Biesterfeldt).‎Aleppo: Jāmiʿat Ḥalab, Maʿhad al-Turāth al-ʿIlmī al-ʿArabī.‎ 223pp.‎ Plates.‎
See also:
1981  Arabic medical manuscripts in the Sami I Haddad Memorial Library.‎ By Farid Sami Haddad.‎ Clio Medica 16, 1981, pp.‎ 123–127.‎
Published Catalogues:7
Unpublished Catalogues:2
Online access:http://wellcomelibrary.org/
Published Catalogues
Total: 7

1967
A catalogue of Arabic manuscripts on medicine and science in the Wellcome Historical Medical Library.‎
By A.‎Z.‎ Iskandar.‎
London: Wellcome Historical Medical Library, 256pp.‎ + 35 plates.‎

1981
The Hervey Malay collection in the Wellcome Institute.‎
By R.‎F.‎ Ellen, M.‎B.‎ Hooker & A.‎C.‎ Milner.‎
Journal of the Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society 54 i, 1981, pp.‎ 82–92.‎

1982
For descriptions of the Institute's Malay MSS, pp.‎ 312–315, see : 1982  Indonesian manuscripts in Great Britain: addenda et corrigenda.‎ By M.‎C.‎ Ricklefs & p.‎ Voorhoeve.‎ Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies 45 ii, 1982, pp.‎ 300–322.‎

1984
Fihris al-makhṭūṭāt al-ṭibbīya al-ʿArabīya fī maktabat al-Duktūr Sāmī Ibrāhīm Ḥaddād.‎
By Farīd Sāmī Ḥaddād & Hans H.‎ Bistir-fild (Biesterfeldt).‎
Aleppo: Jāmiʿat Ḥalab, Maʿhad al-Turāth al-ʿIlmī al-ʿArabī.‎ 223pp.‎ Plates.‎

1985
Islamic science: crossroad of cultures.‎ An exhibition at the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine .‎.‎.‎ London .‎.‎.‎ 1985.‎
[London:Wellcome Institute.‎] 38pp.‎

1986
A descriptive and analytical catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the library of the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine.‎
By Fateme Keshavarz.‎
London: Wellcome Institute.‎ 705pp.‎

1988
Al-Makhṭūṭāt al-ṭibbīya wa-'l-ʿilmīya al-ʿArabīya fī Maktabat Wilkum.‎
By Dāwud Mazbān Al-thāmirī.‎
Majallat Maʿhad al-Makhṭūṭāt al-ʿArabīya 32 i, 1988, pp.‎ 9–32.‎

Unpublished Catalogues
Total: 2

A card catalogue is available.‎

A supplementary catalogue for the Arabic MSS is in preparation.‎

Union Catalogues & Surveys
Total: 26

18751883
Facsimiles of manuscripts and inscriptions.‎ (Oriental series.‎)
Ed.‎ William Wright.‎
London: The Palaeographical Society.‎ 130pp.‎ + plates.‎

1919
Nawādir al-makhṭūṭāt al-ʿArabīya wa-amākin wujūdihā.‎
By Aḥmad Taymūr.‎ Ed.‎ Ṣalāḥ al-Dīn Al-Munajjid.‎
Beirut: Dār al-Kitāb al-Jadīd, 1980.‎

1932
Yūrup men Dakhinī makhṭūṭāt.‎
By Naṣīr al-Din Hāshimī.‎
Hyderabad, 1350/1932, 16 + v+ 714pp.‎

1948
Notes on three Turkish manuscripts.‎
By C.‎S.‎ Mundy.‎
Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London 12, 1948, pp.‎ 533–541.‎

1954
Oriental manuscript collections in the libraries of Great Britain and Ireland.‎
By J.‎D.‎ Pearson.‎
London, vi + 90pp.‎

19561957
The Arabic optical MSS in the British Isles (mathematical and physical optics).‎
By H.‎J.‎J.‎ Winter.‎
Centaurus 5, 1956–57, pp.‎ 73–88.‎

1965
Catalogue of Pashto manuscripts in the libraries of the British Isles.‎
By James Fuller Blumhardt & D.‎N.‎ MacKenzie.‎
London: Trustees of the British Museum and the Commonwealth Relations Office.‎ 147pp.‎

1965
The sources of Arabian music: an annotated bibliography of Arabic manuscripts which deal with the theory, practice, and history of Arabian music from the eighth to the seventeenth century.‎
By Henry George Farmer.‎
New ed.‎ Leiden: Brill.‎ 71pp.‎

1966
Malay manuscripts: a bibliographical guide.‎
By J.‎H.‎ Howard.‎
Kuala Lumpur: University of Malaya Library.‎ 96pp.‎

1967
Persian miniature painting from collections in the British Isles.‎
By B.‎W.‎ Robinson.‎
London: Her Majesty's Stationery Office, [for the] Victoria and Albert Museum.‎ 120pp.‎ 52 plates.‎

19691974
Fihrist-i nuskhahʾha-yi Khaṭṭi-i Farsī.‎ A catalogue of Persian manuscripts.‎
By Aḥmad Munzavī.‎
Tehran: Muʾassasah-i Farhangī-i Minṭaqahʾī / Regional Cultural Institute, 1348–[53?]/1969–[74?] (Nashrīyah / R.‎C.‎D.‎ Publication 14, 21, 22, 33, 38, 41).‎ 5 vols, in 6.‎ 3,929pp.‎

1971
Oriental manuscripts in Europe and North America: a survey.‎
By J.‎D.‎ Pearson.‎
Zug: Inter Documentation (Bibliotheca Asiatica, 7).‎

1972
Laporan: naskhah2 and alatan2 budaya Melayu dibeberapapusat pengajian di-Great Britain dan Jerman Barat.‎
By Mohd.‎Taib bin Osman.‎
Nusantara 1, 1972, pp.‎ 60–82.‎

1975
Shāhnāmah Dar Mūzahʾhā.‎
By Mahshīd Rūḥānī & Jāvād Pārsāy Jāvīd.‎
Tehran: Vizārat-i Farhang va Hunar, Idārah-i Mūzahʾhā, 1354.‎

1977
Indonesian manuscripts in Great Britain: a catalogue of manuscripts in Indonesian languages in British public collections.‎
By M.‎C.‎ Ricklefs & P.‎ Voorhoeve.‎
Oxford: Oxford University Press (London Oriental Bibliographies, 5).‎ xxix + 237pp.‎

1977
Imperial images in Persian painting: a Scottish Arts Council exhibition.‎
By R.‎ Hillenbrand.‎
Edinburgh: Scottish Arts Council.‎ 105pp.‎ Numerous illustrations.‎

1977
La tradition écrite arabico-malgache: un aperçu sur les manuscrits existants.‎
By L.‎ Munthe.‎
Bulletin of the School of Orientaland African Studies 40, 1977, pp.‎ 96–109.‎

1978
Barṭāniyah men Urdū makhṭūṭāt.‎
By S.‎ Quraishi.‎
Kitāb,July 1978, pp.‎ 21–36.‎

1979
The theory of music in Arabic writings (ca.‎ 900–1900): descriptive catalogue of manuscripts in libraries of Europe and the U.‎S.‎A.‎
By A.‎Shiloah.‎
Munich: Henle (Répertoire Internationale des Sources Musicales, B/X).‎ 512pp.‎

19801990
A guide to manuscripts and documents in the British Isles relating to the Middle East and North Africa.‎
By N.‎ Matthews & M.‎D.‎ Wain-wright.‎ Ed.‎J.‎D.‎ Pearson.‎
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1980.‎ 482pp.‎

1982
Indonesian manuscripts in Great Britain: addenda et corrigenda.‎
By M.‎C.‎ Ricklefs & p.‎ Voorhoeve.‎
Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies 45 ii, 1982, pp.‎ 300–322.‎

1982
Collections in British libraries on Middle Eastern and Islamic studies.‎
Ed.‎ Paul Auchterlonie.‎
Durham: University of Durham (Occasional Papers Series, 12).‎ 98pp.‎

1982
La tradition arabico-malgache vue à travers le manuscrit A-G d'Oslo et d'autres manuscrits disponibles.‎
By L.‎ Munthe.‎
[Antananarivo.‎]

1983
Middle East materials in United Kingdom and Irish libraries: a directory.‎ A MELCOM guide to libraries and other institutions in Britain and Ireland with Islamic and Middle Eastern books and materials.‎
By I.‎ Netton.‎
London: Library Association Publishing, in association with the Centre for Arab Gulf Studies, University of Exeter.‎ 136pp.‎

1983
Les Sora-be: sources documentaires.‎
By J.‎ Dez.‎
Paris: Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique.‎

1990
The development of Islamic library collections in Western Europe and North America.‎
By S.‎ Roman.‎
London: Mansell.‎

Bibliographical appendix
Total: 34

Malay manuscripts: a bibliographical guide.‎
Howard, J.‎H.‎
Kuala Lumpur: University of Malaya Library.‎ 96pp.‎

1938
Répertoire des bibliothèques publiques et privés d'Europe contenant des manuscrits arabes chrétiens.‎
Simon, J.‎
Orientalia 7,, pp.‎ 239–263.‎

1947
Fahāris al-maktaba al-ʿArabīya fī 'l-khāfiqayn.‎
Dāghir, Yūsuf Asʿad.‎
Beirut.‎

1949
Répertoire des catalogues et inventaires de manuscrits arabes
Vajda, G.‎ & Durantet, M.‎
Paris, (Institut de Recherche et d'Histoire des Textes, II).‎

1950
Indonesische handschriften urbi et orbi.‎ Indonesische handschriften door R.‎M.‎Ng.‎ Dr Poerbatjaraka, Dr P.‎ Voorhoeve en Dr C.‎ Hooykaas.‎
Hooykaas, C.‎
Bandung: Nix, pp.‎ 193–209.‎

1958
Kitābshināsī-i fihristhā-yi nuskhahʾhā-yi Khaṭṭī-i Fārsī dar kitābkhānahʾhā-yi dunyā.‎ Bibliographie des catalogues des manuscrits persans.‎
Afshār, Īraj.‎
Tehran: Dānishgāh-i Tihrān, 1337/1958 (Gurūh ʿalá Kitābshināsī-i Īrān, 1; Intishārāt-i Dānishgāh-i Tihrān, 485).‎

1958
Index Islamicus 1906 – 1955: a catalogue of articles on Islamic subjects in periodicals and other collective publications.‎
Pearson, J.‎D.‎
Cambridge: Heffer.‎

1962
Index Islamicus Supplement 1956 – 1960.‎ A catalogue of articles on Islamic subjects in periodicals and other collective publications.‎
Pearson, J.‎D.‎
Cambridge: Heffer.‎

1963
Materialy dlya bibliografii rabot o persidskikh rukopisyakh.‎
Akimushkin, O.‎F.‎ & Borshchevskiĭ, Yu.‎E.‎
Narody Azii i Afriki iii, pp.‎ 165–174; 1963 vi, pp.‎ 228–241.‎

1967
Les manuscrits arabes dans le monde: une bibliographie des catalogues.‎
Huisman, A.‎J.‎W.‎
Leiden: Brill.‎

1967
Index Islamicus: Second Supplement 1961–1965.‎ A catalogue of articles on Islamic subjects in periodicals and other collective publications.‎
Pearson, J.‎D.‎
Cambridge: Heffer.‎

1971
Oriental manuscripts in Europe and North America: a survey.‎
Pearson, J.‎D.‎
Zug: Inter Documentation, (Bibliotheca Asiatica, 7).‎

1972
Index Islamicus: Third Supplement 1966 – 1970.‎ A catalogue of articles on Islamic subjects in periodicals and other collective publications.‎
Pearson, J.‎D.‎
London: Mansell.‎

1972 (1973)
Türkçe yazma eserler katalogları repertuvarı.‎
Kut, A.‎ Turgut.‎
Türk Dili Araştımaları Yıllığı: Belleten 1972 (1973), pp.‎ 183–240.‎

1976
An index of articles in the British Museum Quarterly on material in the Department of Oriental Manuscripts and Printed Books.‎
Pritchard, A.‎ P.‎
British Library Journal 2,, pp.‎ 133–137.‎

1977
Directions for travellers on the mystic path … with an appendix on Palembang manuscripts and authors.‎
Drewes, G.‎W.‎J.‎
The Hague: Nijhoff, (Verhandelingen van het Koninklijk Instituut voor Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde, 81).‎

1977
Illuminated Arabic manuscripts.‎ Arab Islamic bibliography: the Middle East Library Committee guide.‎
Jachimowicz, E.‎M.‎F.‎ Ed.‎ D.‎ Grimwood-Jones, D.‎ Hopwood, J.‎D.‎ Pearson & others.‎
Hassocks: Harvester Press, pp.‎ 164–186.‎

1977
Arabic manuscripts: general.‎ Arab Islamic bibliography: the Middle East Library Committee guide.‎
Pearson, J.‎D.‎ Ed.‎ D.‎ Grimwood-Jones, D.‎ Hopwood, J.‎D.‎ Pearson & others.‎
Hassocks: Harvester Press, pp.‎ 160–163.‎

1977
Index Islamicus: Fourth Supplement 1971 –1975.‎ A catalogue of articles on Islamic subjects in periodicals and other collective publications.‎
Pearson, J.‎D.‎
London: Mansell.‎

1978
Geschichte des arabischen Schrifttums.‎
Sezgin, Fuat.‎
Band VI.‎ Leiden: Brill.‎

1980
Catalogue des catalogues de manuscrits malais.‎
Chambert-Loir, H.‎
Archipel 20, pp.‎ 45–69.‎

1982
Bibliografiya arabskikh rukopiseĭ.‎
Mikhaĭlova, I.‎B.‎ and Khalidov, A.‎B.‎
Moscow: Nauka.‎

1983
Index Islamicus 1976–1980.‎ Part 1: Articles.‎
Pearson, J.‎D.‎
London: Mansell.‎

1983
Index Islamicus 1976–1980.‎ Part 2: Monographs.‎
Pearson, J.‎D.‎ & Behn, W.‎
London: Mansell.‎

1983
Manuscripts, libraries and archives.‎ Bibliographical guide to Iran: the Middle East Library Committee guide.‎
Pearson, J.‎D.‎ Ed.‎ L.‎P.‎ ElwellSutton.‎
Brighton: Harvester Press, pp.‎ 20–39.‎

1984
Fahāris al-makhṭūṭāt al-ʿArabīya fī 'l-ʿālam.‎
ʿAwwād, Kūrkīs.‎
Kuwait: Maʿhad al-Makhṭūṭāt al-ʿArabīya.‎ 1984.‎ 2 vols.‎

1984
Turkish manuscripts: cataloguing since 1960 and manuscripts still uncatalogued.‎ Part 4: Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Great Britain, Ireland, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Finland, United States, Canada.‎
Birnbaum, E.‎
Journal of the American Oriental Society 104, pp.‎ 303–314.‎

1985
Manuscript collections and archives.‎
Arabic Literature in Africa 1, pp.‎ 15–20.‎

1986
Fahāris al-makhṭūṭāt al-ʿArabīya fī 'l-ʿālam”: iḍāfāt ukhrá.‎
Bakkār, Yūsūf Ḥusayn.‎
Majallat Maʿhad al-Makhṭūṭāt al-ʿArabīya, 30, 1986, pp.‎ 345–380.‎

1986
Dalīl fahāris al-makhṭūṭāt fī 'l-Majmaʿ al-Malikī li-Buḥūth al-Haḍāra al-Islāmīya.‎ 2nd ed.‎
Amman: Al-Majmaʿ al-Malikī li-Buḥūth al-Haḍāra al-Islāmīya, Muʾassasat Āl al-Bayt, 1986.‎ Al-Mulḥaq al-awwal, 1987.‎

1988
Fahāris jadīda li-l-makhṭūṭāt al-ʿArabīya.‎
Qārī, Luṭf Allāh.‎
Majallat Maʿhad al-Makhṭūṭāt al-ʿArabīya 32 i, 1988, pp.‎ 33–60.‎

1989
Index Islamicus 1665–1905: a bibliography of articles on Islamic subjects in periodicals and other collective publications.‎
Behn, W.‎H.‎
Millersville: Adıyok.‎ 1989.‎

1990
The development of Islamic library collections in Western Europe and North America.‎
Roman, S.‎
London: Mansell.‎

1991
Index Islamicus 1981–1985: a bibliography of books and articles on the Muslim world.‎
Roper, G.‎J.‎
London: Mansell.‎ 2 vols.‎

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