Catalogue of Arabic Manuscripts: Codices Arabici Arthur Christensenianiby NIAS
By Irmeli Perho
2003, 451 pp. illustrated, 22x28 cm.
This is a comprehensive listing of the holdings of the Royal Library, Copenhagen, on a series of Arabic manuscripts.
It is the second volume cataloguing the Islamic material of the Royal Library, Copenhagen, and describes 94 manuscripts and 3 lithographed prints acquired early last century. Most of these items date from the 19th century, with the oldest dated to 910 AH (1504 CE). The vast majority of the texts deal with Twelver Shi'i (Imami) law and legal theory. Arabic grammars and books on rhetoric also form major subject categories. Among the other items are a number of Sunni and Shi'i theological texts.
About the author
Irmeli Perho is Associate Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of Helsinki. Earlier lecturing in Arabic at Aarhus University, Denmark, until recently she worked as a researcher at the Royal Library in Copenhagen. She is the author of two multi-volume Catalogues of Arabic Manuscripts, also published by NIAS Press in the COMDC series.