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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. 


Michael Hopper