Update:

We have resumed some on-campus services, including book pickup, virtual consultations, and fulfilling scanning/digitization requests. Many library materials are available online, but our buildings remain closed until further notice.

Islamic Heritage Project

A digital collection of Islamic manuscripts, published texts, and maps from across Harvard's libraries and museums.
Shāhnāmah, manuscript, circa 1718-1721. View Details.
Houghton Library

Materials in the Islamic Heritage Project digital collection date from the 10th to the 20th centuries and represent many:

  • regions, including Saudi Arabia, North Africa, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Iran, Iraq, Turkey, and South, Southeast, and Central Asia;
  • languages, primarily Arabic, Persian, and Ottoman Turkish; also Urdu, Chagatai, Malay, Gujarati, Indic languages, and several Western languages;
  • and subjects, including religious texts and commentaries; Sufism; history, geography, law, and the sciences (astronomy, astrology, mathematics, medicine); poetry and literature; rhetoric, logic, and philosophy; calligraphy, dictionaries and grammar, as well as biographies and autobiographical works.

 

Accessing These Materials

Materials in the Islamic Heritage Project digital collection can be explored online. They're also cataloged in HOLLIS.