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Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
New Series of Islamic Manuscripts
Manuscripts Division
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2400 items and 195 linear feet


Consists of approximately 5000 texts in 2194 volumes.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of approximately 5000 texts in 2194 volumes. Includes works in Arabic (ca. 2400), Persian (ca. 2000 texts), and Ottoman Turkish (ca. 600 texts). There is also a small collection of nineteenth century lacquered bindings and illuminated Persian manuscripts. The new series of Islamic manuscripts represents that part of Princeton's Islamic manuscripts collection acquired between the accession of the Garrett Collection in 1942 and the creation of the third series in 1982. The collection is particularly strong in the areas of logic, philosphy, uṣūl al-fiqh, theology, grammar and Sufism. In addition there is a sizeable number of works on mathematics, astronomy and medicine, and a significant number of Shaykhi manuscripts. Persian poetic and Shīʻite theological works are well represented, too.

Collection History

Custodial History

The collection was formed between 1955 and 1982, primarily by Rudolf Mach. Mach was curator of the Near East Collections, Princeton University Library (1955-1977) and Professor in the Department of Near Eastern Studies until his death in 1981.


No appraisal information is available.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

New Series of Islamic Manuscripts; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Other Finding Aids

Finding aids for the Ottoman Turkish and Persian works are available in the Special Collections.

Subject Terms:
Astronomy, Arab.
Islam -- Doctrines.
Islamic law.
Medicine, Arab.
Medicine, Persian.
Philosophy, Islamic.
Genre Terms:
Manuscripts, Arabic
Manuscripts, Persian
Manuscripts, Turkish
Mach, Rudolf, 1922- , curator