When we treat manuscripts as rare and precious objects it is because we know that they are unique and irreplaceable. Yet they are not always rare in the sense that one seldom sees them, or that the historian or philologist has difficulty in finding them. In fact, Islamic manuscripts are found all over the world and they exist in incredible numbers, both in public and private collections. This is more or less the case in the entire world of Islam, but there are some regions that, for reasons of their own, have always been particularly rich in manuscript resources. As a result, the study of Islamic manuscripts will for a long time be a field of pioneering research, an attractive prospect. The Yemen is one of the regions where handwritten sources abound, possibly more than in any other Islamic country. The number of manuscripts still unknown there must be enormous. Indeed, we have no idea how many there are, but from the relatively few Yemeni manuscripts that are known to us, we may safely assume that these are only the tip of the iceberg. It cannot, therefore, be a total surprise that the Journal of Islamic Manuscripts now
Journal of Islamic Manuscripts – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2014
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