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The Islamic Collections

The Islamic Collections are amongst the finest in existence and are internationally renowned for the overall high quality and scope of the material.

The manuscripts that comprise the collections range in date from the eighth century to the early years of the twentieth century.

They derive primarily - though not exclusively - from the Arab world, Iran, Turkey and India, and include some of the greatest documents of Islamic art and culture.

Together they illustrate in exquisite form and detail the history and development of all aspects of the Islamic book: calligraphy, illumination, miniature painting and bookbinding.

The Islamic Collections consist of five subcollections.

The Library published a book Islam: Faith, Art, Culture on the Islamic manuscripts held in the Library.  For further information, please click here.

A selection of images from the Islamic Collections are featured on the 'Museums With No Frontier' website.  To view them, please click HERE

Islamic Seals Project 

The Library has launched its Islamic Seals Database, a new online, interactive database of seal impressions found in the manuscripts of its Islamic Collections.

We would like to thank The Islamic Manuscript Association (TIMA) for its generous funding of this project.