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‘Our Library’ databank / collection

The ‘Al-Furqan Digital Library’ also includes the online catalogue of the holdings of the Al-Furqan’s physical Library. It is an electronic bibliographic database which describes the Library items, and the way of accessing them.

The Library Collection represents a cornerstone reference collection on major research areas, including Islamic manuscripts. The major subjects covered are: Qur’anic studies, Hadith, Islamic jurisprudence, Islamic theology, philosophy, science, medicine, history, geography, art and architecture, and literature; all of them written in the major Islamic languages, including Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Urdu, Swahili, Gujarati, as well as European languages and Russian. The Library collection also includes multilingual dictionaries, Arabic biographical dictionaries and encyclopaedias, covering the classical period to the present time.

To date, the Library has collected over 11,000 titles in more than 16,000 volumes, on various subjects. Moreover, the Library's collections include almost 1,800 printed Islamic manuscript catalogues in around 2,500 volumes, from over 70 countries.

The library’s holdings are arranged and organised according to the Library of Congress Classification (LCC) for ease of use, while its collection of catalogues of Islamic manuscripts is classified by country.

Country:Egypt
City:Cairo
Library:Dar al-Kutub al-Qawmiya (al-Miṣriya) (Egyptian National Library)
Dar al-Kutub al-Qawmiya (al-Miṣriya) (Egyptian National Library)

Les manuscrits illustrés musulmans de la Bibliothèque du Caire

Par Ivan Stchoukine
Publication Details:Journal title: Gazette des Beaux Arts
Issue Number: 13 Volume Number: 6
Date: 1935
Physical Description:21 p.‎ : ill.‎ (photocopy) ; 21 cm.‎
Pages: 138–158
Language:French
الفرنسية
Contributors:STCHOUKINE, Ivan (Compiler)
Subject:Islamic manuscripts — Union catalogues & Reference works
المخطوطات الإسلامية فهارس موحّدة والمراجع
Manuscripts
Manuscripts, Arabic — Egypt — Cairo — Catalogs
المخطوطات

Item Shelf Details:Location: Catalogue collection
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Country:Egypt
City:Cairo
Library:Dar al-Kutub al-Qawmiya (al-Miṣriya) (Egyptian National Library)
Catalogue:Les manuscrits illustrés musulmans de la Bibliothèque du Caire
Dar al-Kutub al-Qawmiya (al-Miṣriya) (Egyptian National Library)
Contact:121 Nile Corniche, RAMLET BOULAK، Boulaq, Cairo Governorate
Telephone:+20 2 25750886
Date of establishment:1870, in Darb al-Gamamiz; moved in 1904 to Ahmad Mahir Square, Bab Al-Khalq.‎
Status:Institutional
Status Details:National library, affiliated to the General Egyptian Book Organisation, Ministry of Culture.
Condition of access:The library can be used by any Egyptian or foreigner without any conditions.
Total number of Islamic MSS:50,755 (47,065 Arabic; 996 Persian; 2,150 Turkish).
Description of Collection:In 1876, the Qawalla Library and the Musṭafa Faḍil Library were incorporated into it: subsequently a number of private libraries were incorporated, the most important being Al-Khizana al-Taymuriya, Maktabat al-Shanqiṭi, Maktabat al-Ḥusayni, Maktabat al-Shaykh Muḥammad ϹAbduh, Al-Maktaba al-Zakiya, Maktabat Ḥalim Pasha, Maktabat Khalil Agha, Maktabat Makram.‎
The MSS are in a separate storeroom, placed on metal stands.‎ The Repair Centre of the Organisation undertakes continuous conservation work and the treatment of any damage which becomes apparent in the collection.‎ In the storeroom there is a need to install air-conditioning and ventilation equipment and also to deal with the level of relative humidity, which exceeds the average required by MSS.‎
The MSS collection in Dar al-Kutub is regarded as one of the largest and most important in the world.‎ It contains priceless and rare MSS from the Islamic heritage, especially from the first four centuries AH, as well as extremely rare illustrated MSS unmatched anywhere else in the world.‎ There is a high proportion of MSS copied in the early centuries of Islam.‎
Nearly all subjects are covered.‎
Notes: See published World Survey of Islamic Manuscripts. 1992 - 1994, Vol.1, p 212.
Published Catalogues:36
Unpublished Catalogues:4
Online access:http://www.darelkotob.gov.eg/index.html