Libraries and Book Collecting

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Afshar, Iraj. “A Book List from a Seventh/Thirteenth-Century Manuscript Found in Bāmyān,” in Fortresses of the Intellect: Ismaili and Other Islamic Studies in Honour of Farhad Daftary, ed. Omar Alí-de-Unzaga: 453-458.  London: Tauris, 2011.

Ahmed, Sumayya. “To the Nation, Belong the Archives: The Search for Manuscripts and Archival Documents in Postcolonial Morocco.” International Journal of Middle East Studies 55.3 (2023): 421-443.

Akkerman, Olly. “The Bohra Dark Archive and the Language of Secrecy: A Codicological Ethnography of the Royal ʿAlawī Bohra Library in Baroda.” PhD diss. FU Berlin, 2016 (microfiche).

Allen, Roger. Review of The Written Word in the Medieval Arabic Lands: A Social and Cultural History of Reading Practices by Konrad Hirschler. American Historical Review 118.2 (2013): 618-619.

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Ben Azzouna, Nourane. “Manuscripts Attributed to Yāqūt al-Mustaʿṣimī (d. 698/1298) in Ottoman Collections: Thoughts on the Significance of Yāqūt’s Legacy in the Ottoman Calligraphic Tradition,” in Thirteenth International Congress of Turkish Art: Proceedings, eds. Géza Dávid and Ibolya Gerelyes: 113–123.  Budapest: Hungarian National Museum, 2009.

Ben Azzouna, Nourane. “Rāshid al-Dīn Faḍl Allāh al-Hamadhānī’s Manuscript Production Project in Tabriz Reconsidered,” in Politics, Patronage and the Transmission of Knowledge in 13th–15th Century Tabriz, ed. Judith Pfeiffer: 187–200. Leiden: Brill, 2014.

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Birnbaum, Eleazar. “Katib Chelebi (1609-1657) and Alphabetization: A Methodological Investigation of the Autographs of his Kashf al-zunun and Sullam al-wusul,” in Scribes et manuscrits du Moyen-Orient, eds. François Déroche and Francis Richard: 235-263.  Paris: Bibliothèque nationale de France, 1997.

Birnbaum, Eleazar. “Persian Manuscripts in the Birnbaum Collection, Toronto. A Brief Catalogue.” Journal of Islamic Manuscripts 8.2 (2017): 144-217.

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Carey, Moya. Review of L’armoire à sagesse by Houari Touati. Journal for the History of Collections 20 (2008): 305-306.

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Déroche, François. “A Note on the Mediaeval Inventory of the Manuscripts
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Erünsal, Ismail E. “A Brief Survey of the Book Trade in the Ottoman Empire.” Libri 65.3 (2015): 217-235.

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Fabian, Bernhard, ed. Handbuch der historischen Buchbestände in Deutschland, Österreich und Europa. Digitized by Günter Kükenshöner. Hildesheim: Olms Neue Medien, 2003.  The SUB Göttingen maintains the Open-Access resource which is available at:

Fani, Sara. “The Arabic Manuscripts of the Riccardiana Library of Florence and the Retrieval of Alessandro Pini’s Allegedly Lost Collection.” COMSt Bulletin 7 (2021): 81-98.

Franssen, Elise. “What Was There in a Mamlūk amīr’s Library? Evidence from a 15th-Century Manuscript,” in Developing Perspectives in Mamluk History: Essays in Honor of Amalia Levanoni, ed. Yuval Ben-Bassat: 311-332.  Leiden: Brill, 2017.

Froschauer, Harald, and Cornelia Eva Römer, eds. Spätantike Bibliotheken: Leben und Lesen in den frühen Klöstern Ägyptens. Nilus: Studien zur Kultur Ägyptens und des Vorderen Orients 14. Vienna: Phoibos, 2008.

Géal, François. “Les bibliothèques d’al-Andalus,” in Regards sur al-Andalus: VIIIe-XVe siècle, eds. François Géal and Cyrille Aillet: 11-46.  Madrid: Casa de Velazquez, 2006.

Gianni, Celeste. History of Libraries in the Islamic World: A Visual Guide. Fano: Gimiano, 2016.

Gianni, Celeste. “Poetics of the Catalogue: Library Catalogues in the Arab Provinces during the Late Ottoman Period.”  PhD diss. SOAS University of London, 2018.  For a record about the embargoed dissertation (, see:

Haarmann, Ulrich. “The Library of a Fourteenth-Century Jerusalem Scholar.” Der Islam 61 (1984): 327-333.

Hagen, Gottfried. “Kâtib Çelebi and Sipâhîzâde,” in Essays in Honour of Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu, eds. Mustafa Kac̦ar and Zeynep Durukal, 1: 525-542.  2 vols. Istanbul: IRCICA, 2006.

Hagen, Gottfried. “Katib Çelebi.” In Historians of the Ottoman Empire, 2007; available at:

Halft, Dennis. “A Hitherto Unknown Persian Manuscript of Ḥosayn Vāʿeẓ Kāšefī’s (d. 910/1504-05) Treatise on Ethics Aḫlāq-e moḥsenī in the Dominican Priory in Vienna.” Journal of Islamic Manuscripts 3 (2012): 103-115.

Hamilton, Alastair. “The Perils of Catalogues.” Journal of Islamic Manuscripts 1 (2010): 31-36.

Hanna, Nelly. In Praise of Books: A Cultural History of Cairo’s Middle Class, Sixteenth to the Eighteenth Century. Cairo: American University in Cairo Press, 2003.

Heinzelmann, Tobias. Populäre religiöse Literatur und Buchkultur im Osmanischen Reich: Eine Studie zur Nutzung der Werke der Brüder Yazıcıoġlı. Istanbuler Texte und Studien 32. Würzburg: Ergon, 2015.  Original, Habilitationsschrift, Zürich, 2012.

Heinzelmann, Tobias, and Henning Sievert, eds. Buchkultur im Nahen Osten des 17. und 18. Jahrhunderts. Bern: Lang, 2010.

Hershenzon, Daniel. “Traveling Libraries: The Arabic Manuscripts of the Muley Zidan and the Escorial Library.” Journal of Early Modern History 28 (2014): 535-558.

Hirsch, David. “From Parchment to Pixels: Middle Eastern Collection Development in Academic Libraries,” in Building Area Studies Collections, eds. Dan Hazen and James Henry Spohrer: 81 -107.  Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2007.

Hirschler, Konrad. “»Catching the Eel«: Documentary Evidence for Concepts of the Arabic Book in the Middle Period.” Journal of Arabic and Islamic Studies 12 (2012): 224-234.  Available for free download at:

Hirschler, Konrad. The Written Word in the Medieval Arabic Lands: A Social and Cultural History of Reading Practices. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2012.

Hirschler, Konrad. “Reading Practices and Libraries in the Pre-Ottoman Middle East.” Al-ʿUsur al-Wusta 22.1-2 (2010 [2014]): 16-19.  Available at:

Hirschler, Konrad. Medieval Damascus: Plurality and Diversity in an Arabic Library – The  Ashrafiya Library Catalogue. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2016.  The accompanying Ashrafiya Library Database (ALD) is available at:

Hirschler, Konrad. A Monument to Medieval Syrian Book Culture: The Library of Ibn ʿAbd al-Hādī. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2020.  The full text is available from the digital depository of the FU Berlin:

Hitzel, Frédéric, ed. “Livres et lecture dans le monde ottoman.” Special issue, Revue du monde musulman et de la Méditerranée 87-88 (2009).

Houston, George W. Inside Roman Libraries: Book Collections and their Management in Antiquity. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2014.

Hulster, Kristof d’. Browsing through the Sultan’s Bookshelves: Towards a Reconstruction of the Library of the Mamluk Sultan Qāniṣawh al-Ghawrī (r. 906-922/1501-1516). Bonn: Bonn University Press (distributed by Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht unipress), in press (announced for 2021).

Hunt, Lucy-Anne. The Mingana and Related Collections: A Survey of Illustrated Arabic, Greek, Eastern Christian, Persian and Turkish manuscripts in the Selly Oak Colleges, Birmingham. Birmingham, Mingana Collection,1997.

ʿIshsh, Yusūf.  See Eche, Youssef.

Jacobs, Emil. “Büchergeschenke für Sultan Mehemmed II.” In Festschrift Georg Leyh: Aufsätze zum Bibliothekswesen und zur Forschungsgeschichte dargebracht zum 60. Geburtstage am 6. Juni 1937 von Freunden und Fachgenossen, ed. Ernst Leipprand: 20–27.  Leipzig: Harrassowitz, 1937.

Jones, Robert. “Piracy, Wars, and the Acquisition of Arabic Manuscripts in
Renaissance Europe.” Manuscripts of the Middle East 2 (1987): 96-109.

Kohlberg, Etan. A Medieval Muslim Scholar at Work: Ibn Ṭāwūs and his Library. Leiden: Brill, 1992.

Kratchkovsky, Ignaty Yulianovitch. Among Arabic Manuscripts: Memories of Libraries and Men. ACLS Russian Translation Project Series 16. Tr. from the Russian by Tatiana Minorsky. Leiden: Brill, 1953.  Tr. as Avec les manuscrits arabes: Souvenirs sur les livres et les hommes, from the Russian by Marius Canard. Algiers: Imprimerie “La Typo-Litho” et Jules Carbonel Réunies, 1954.

Kügelgen, Anke von. “Bücher und Bibliotheken in der islamischen Welt des >Mittelalters<,” in Buchkultur im Mittelalter: Schrift – Bild – Kommunikation, eds. Michael Stolz et al.: 147-175.  Berlin: de Gruyter, 2005.

Liebrenz, Boris. “Lokale Bibliotheksgeschichte in einer internationalen Wissenskultur: Das Beispiel der Rifāʿīya-Bibliothek.” No date [between 2008-2012].  Available on the website of the Damaszener Familienbibliothek Refaiya, Universitätsbibliothek Leipzig, at:

Liebrenz, Boris. “Die Rifāʿīya: Neue Forschungen zur Geschichte einer Familienbibliothek aus dem osmanischen Damaskus,” in Das Buch in Antike, Mittelalter und Neuzeit: Sonderbestände der Universitätsbibliothek Leipzig, eds. Thomas Fuchs et al.: 265-279.  Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2012.

Liebrenz, Boris. “The Library of Aḥmad al-Rabbāṭ: Books and Their Audience in 12th to 13th/18th to 19th Century Syria,” in Marginal Perspectives: On Early Modern Ottoman Culture, Missionaries, Travellers, Booksellers, eds. Ralf Elger and Ute Pietruschka: 17-59.  Halle/Saale: Zentrum für Interdisziplinäre Regionalstudien – Vorderer Orient, Afrika, Asien der Martin-Luther-Univ. Halle-Wittenberg, 2013.

Liebrenz, Boris. “‘Mit Gold nicht aufzuwiegen’: Der Wert von Büchern im osmanischen Syrien (11.-13./17.-19. Jahrhundert).” Zeitschrift der Deutschen Morgenländischen Gesellschaft 164.3 (2014): 653-686.

Love, Paul Mitchell, Jr. Ibadi Muslims of North Africa: Manuscripts, Mobilization, and the Making of a Written Tradition. Cambridge University Press, 2018.  Original, “Writing a Network, Constructing a Tradition: Ibādī Prosopography in Medieval Northern Africa (11th-16th c.).” PhD diss., University of Michigan, 2016 (ProQuest AAT 10391673).

Marashi, Afshin. “Print Culture and its Publics: A Social History of Bookstores in Tehran, 1900-1950.” International Journal of Middle East Studies 47 (2015): 89-108.

Marín, Manuela. “The Captive Audience: A Note on Arabic Manuscripts in Spain.” Al-Masāq 8 (1995): 155-169.

Mattern, Shannon. The New Downtown Library: Designing with Communities. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2007.

Mattern, Shannon. “Library as Infrastructure.” Places Journal, June 2014, available at:

McKendrick, Scot. In a Monastery Library: Preserving Codex Sinaiticus and the Greek Written Heritage. London: British Library, 2006.

Mejcher-Atassi, Sonja, and John Pedro Schwartz, eds. Archives, Museums and Collecting Practices in the Modern Arab World. Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate, 2012.

Mestyan, Adam. “Ignác Goldziher’s Report on the Books from the Orient for the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.” Journal of Semitic Studies 50.2 (2015): 443-480.

Mills, Simon. A Commerce of Knowledge: Trade, Religion, and Scholarship between England and the Ottoman Empire, 1600-1760. Oxford University Press, 2020.

Myers, Robin, Michael Harris, and Giles Mandelbrote, eds. Books on the Move: Tracking Copies through Collections and the Book Trade. London: British Library, 2007.

Ottermann, Annelen. “Orientalische Handschriften der Wissenschaftlichen Stadtbibliothek Mainz Erschlossen,” in Bibliotheksdienst 53.6 (2019): 375-380,

D’Ottone, Arianna. “La bibliothèque d’un savant yéménite au xiiie siècle d’après une note manuscrite autographe,” in Les non-dits du nom: Onomastique et documents en terres d’Islam, eds. Christian Müller and Muriel Roiland-Rouabah: 67-84.  Beirut: Ifpo, 2013.  Available at:

D’Ottone, Arianna, Konrad Hirschler, Ronny Vollandt, eds. The Damascus Fragments: Towards a History of the Qubbat al-Khazna Corpus of Manuscripts and Documents. Baden-Baden: Ergon, 2020.

Pearson, David. Provenance Research in Book History: A Handbook. 1st ed. London: British Library, 1994. Updated and revised 2nd ed. New Castle, Del.: Oak Knoll, 2019. 

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Sadan, Joseph. “New Materials Regarding Purity and Impurity of Books in Islam in Comparison with Judaism: Al-Burzulī and Other Muslim Scholars on Defiled Parchment, Papyrus and Paper.” Jerusalem Studies in Arabic and Islam 33 (2007): 193-218.

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Schmidtke, Sabine. “For Sale to the Highest Bidder: A Precious Shiʿi Manuscript from the Early Eleventh Century.” Shii Studies Review 4 (2020): 190-199.

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Stewart, Columba. “Yours, Mine, or Theirs? Historical Observations on the Use, Collection, and Sharing of Manuscripts in Western Europe and the Christian Orient,” in Malphono w-Rabo d-Malphone: Studies in Honor of Sebastian P. Brock, ed. George Anton Kiraz: 603-630.  Piscataway, N.J.: Gorgias, 2008.

Stewart, Devin J. “The Structure of the Fihrist: Ibn al-Nadīm as Historian of Islamic Legal and Theological Schools.” International Journal of Middle East Studies 39.3 (2007): 369-387.

Subtelny, Maria E. “The Making of Bukhārā-yi Sharīf: Scholars, Books, and Libraries in Medieval Bukhara (The Library of Khwājā Muḥammad Pārsā),” in Studies on Central Asian History in Honor of Yuri Bregel, ed. Devin A. DeWeese: 79-111.  Bloomington, Ind.: Research Institute for Inner Asian Studies, 2001.

Swanick, Sean. “Islamic Studies Library: Growth and Evolution.” Fontanus from the Collections of McGill University 13 (2013): 95–104.

Szántó, Iván. “The Persian and Indo-Persian Manuscripts of Alexander Kégl.” Journal of Islamic Manuscripts 4 (2013): 135-157.

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Touati, Houari. L’armoire à sagesse: Bibliothèques et collections en Islam. Paris: Aubier, 2003.

Triaud, Jean-Louis. “Deux bibliothèques arabo-islamiques en Côte d’Ivoire au début du xxe siècle,” in Les non-dits du nom: Onomastique et documents en terres d’Islam, eds. Christian Müller and Muriel Roiland-Rouabah: 161-246.  Beirut: Ifpo, 2013.  Available at:

Uluç, Lâle. “Ottoman Book Collectors and Illustrated Sixteenth Century Shiraz Manuscripts.” Revue du monde musulman et de la Méditerranée 87–88 (1999): 85–107.

Viguera Molins, María Jesús. Los manuscritos árabes en España: Su historia y la historia. Madrid: Real Academia de la Historia, 2016.

Voguet, Elise. “L’inventaire des manuscrits de la Bibliothèque de la grande mosque de Kairouan (693/1293-4): Une contribution à l’histoire du mālikisme kairouannais.” Arabica 50.4 (2003): 532-544.

Walsby, Malcolm and Natasha Constantinidu, eds. Documenting the Early Modern Book World: Inventories and Catalogs in Manuscript and Print. Leiden: Brill, 2013.

Wasserstein, David. “The Library of al-Ḥakam II al-Mustanṣir and the Culture of Islamic Spain.” Manuscripts of the Middle East 5 (1990-1991): 99-105.

Wiet, Gaston. “Recherches sur les bibliothèques égyptiennes aux Xe et XIe siècles.”  Cahiers de civilisation médiévale 6 (1963): 1-11.

Witkam, Jan Just. “Lists of Books in Arabic Manuscripts.” Manuscripts of the Middle East 5 (1990-1991): 123-136.

Witkam, Jan Just. Inventory of the Oriental Manuscripts of the Library of the University of Leiden. 28 vols. Leiden: Ter Lugt, 2005-.  Each volume covers 1000 manuscripts and the inventory of acquisitions, which is neither a handlist nor a catalog (cf. vol. 25: 3).  Its publication is not yet complete, though some volumes have already appeared in revised editions.  All volumes are under copyright, and available on the author’s website at:

Witkam, Jan Just. “Modern Palimpsests: The Case of the Counterfeit Kufic Fragments.” Comparative Oriental Manuscript Studies Newsletter 8 (2014): 33-35.

Witkam, Jan Just. “The Former ISTAC Library in Kuala Lumpur and its Islamic Manuscripts: Travel Notes.” Journal of Islamic Manuscripts 8.3 (2017): 281-339.

Wollina, Torsten. “Tracing Ibn Ṭūlūn’s Autograph Corpus, with Emphasis on the 19th-20th Centuries.” Journal of Islamic Manuscripts 9.2-3 (2018): 308-340.

Ženka, Josef. “A Manuscript of the Last Sultan of al-Andalus and the Fate of the Royal Library of the Nasrid Sultans at the Alhambra.” Journal of Islamic Manuscripts 9.2-3 (2018): 341-376.


Dagmar A. Riedel

First published, 13 April 2013

Last updated, 7 May 2024



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