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© The Gazi Husrev beg Library, The richly illuminated pages of the Mushaf of Muhammad Fadil-pasha Šerifović (d. 1882).

Manuscript collection of the Gazi Husrev-Beg Library

Registration year: 2017
Submission year: 
2016
Collection ID: 
2016-05

Manuscript collection of The Gazi Husrev-beg Library in Sarajevo consists of 10,585 units of unique manuscripts, which comprise about 20,000 texts of varying length in the fields of Islamic sciences, oriental languages, belles-lettres, philosophy, logic, history, medicine, veterinary science, mathematics, astronomy and others. Since similar collections of Oriental institute and National Library of B&H have been mostly destroyed during the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina (1992-1995) this collection is the most valuable Islamic manuscripts collection in the Balkans area at this time. A great number of manuscripts originated either through writing or copying in various parts of the Islamic world, especially in important centers of learning such as Mecca, Medina, Cairo, Baghdad and, especially, Istanbul. The oldest preserved manuscript was copied in 1105, A.D. Some of the manuscripts are distinguished by out- standing calligraphy and decoration. They usually consist of golden background as well as decoration on the margins. Particular attention was paid to binding so that covers were usually made from the finest leather, in different colors, and with gilt embossed rosettes. The complete collection is catalogued, microfilmed and digitized.

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© The Gazi Husrev beg Library, The richly illuminated pages of the Mushaf of Muhammad Fadil-pasha Šerifović (d. 1882).
The richly illuminated pages of the Mushaf of Muhammad Fadil-pasha Šerifović (d. 1882).
© The Gazi Husrev beg Library

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© The Gazi Husrev beg Library, The Mushaf of Muhammad Fadil-pasha Šerifović.
The Mushaf of Muhammad Fadil-pasha Šerifović
© The Gazi Husrev beg Library

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© The Gazi Husrev beg Library, A manuscript of Ihja’ ulum aldin, in Arabic, written by Abu Hamid Muhammad al-Gazali (d. 1111), the oldest manuscript in the GHL. It was copied during Ghazali’s lifetime, in 1105. (R-1308)
A manuscript of Ihja’ ulum aldin, in Arabic, written by Abu Hamid Muhammad al-Gazali (d. 1111), the oldest manuscript in the GHL. It was copied during Ghazali’s lifetime, in 1105. (R-1308)
© The Gazi Husrev beg Library

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© The Gazi Husrev beg Library, K63. The charter of Derviš-pasha Bajezidagić,in Arabic, issued in Mostar,in the month of Rabi’ al-akhir 1001 /14-23 January 1593.
K63. The charter of Derviš-pasha Bajezidagić,in Arabic, issued in Mostar,in the month of Rabi’ al-akhir 1001 /14-23 January 1593.
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