Catalogue of Arabic Manuscripts: Codices Arabici and Codices Arabici Additamenta; Volume 1-3by NIAS
By Irmeli Perho
2008, 3 volumes book set of 1600 pp. , richly illustrated, hardcover
This latest set of 3 volumes, cataloging the Arabic material at the Royal Library, Copenhagen, describes 356 manuscripts including the latest acquisitions.
47 manuscripts are here described for the first time, whereas 309 manuscripts have been described in a Latin catalogue printed in 1851. In the new catalogue the mss are described in English and with more detailed information.
The acquisition history of the collection reaches from the 17th century to the present day and the manuscripts reflect the interests of both scholars and book collectors. The oldest manuscripts are Qur’an fragments written on parchment in Kufi script, dating from the 9th century and the most recent manuscript is a collection of Sufi texts copied in 1905.
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.