The library gives you access to world-class resources which include rare and ancient manuscripts. It is home to a unique collection of works on Muslim civilisations.
At the heart of the rare books collection is a set of Post-Tanzimat Ottoman publications, as well as items from the personal collections of scholars, such as the leading German scholar Annemarie Schimmel (1922–2003), the late scholar of Persian literature, Peter Avery (1923–2008) and the archive of the late Professor Mohammad Arkoun (1928–2010).
Our library has a collection of audio-visual material that illustrates the cultures and traditions of Muslims covering a wide range of themes and regions, including Afghanistan, Iran, Egypt, Central Asia, Morocco and Tunisia, as well as Muslim diaspora communities in Europe and North America. In addition to this, Qawwali music from the Indian subcontinent, Sufi music from Iran and Turkey, as well as Gnawa music from North Africa and sub-Saharan Africa, are also available.
Besides its rare and special collection, the library has core collections in Islamic studies and Muslim civilisations comprising almost 35,000 volumes. The library also provides access to some 12,500 titles in electronic format. Covering a wide range of study areas, these titles include monographs, academic journals, magazines, conference proceedings, reports and more.
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