Four catalogues describing the Arabic manuscripts in the Institute’s Library have been published to date. A union catalogue of the Arabic manuscripts is currently under preparation (for a complete listing see here) and this will be available as a searchable resource.
The Ismaili Arabic manuscripts reflect the Fatimid and post-Fatimid literary traditions. The majority of these manuscripts were copied in India. Numerous texts by prominent Fatimid authors such as al-Qadi al-Nu‘man, Ja‘far b. Mansur al-Yaman, Abu Ya‘qub al-Sijistani, Hamid al-Din al-Kirmani, and al-Mu’ayyad fi al-Din al-Shirazi are represented in this collection. Texts of post-Fatimid Tayyibi authors such as Hatim b. Ibrahim al-Hamidi and Idris ‘Imad al-Din, as well as Syrian Nizari authors are also present.
Among the manuscripts described in these catalogues are:
- Dala'il al-khayrat of Muhammad ibn Sulayman al-Jazuli
- Ibrahim ibn al-Husayn al-Hamidi's Diya' al-hulum
- 'Ali ibn Hanzala's Kanz al-walad
- The Hashiyah 'ala al-muhakamat of Habib Allah al-Shirazi
- Abu Ya‘qub al-Sijistani’s Kitab al- yanabi‘
- A volume of al-Tabrisi’s Majma‘ al-bayan li-‘ulum al-Qur’an
- al-Baydawi’s Anwar al-tanzil wa-asrar al-ta’wil
- Nasir al-Din al-Tusi’s commentary on Ibn Sina’s al-Isharat wa-al-tanbihat
- First volume of al-Maqrizi’s al-Mawa‘iz wa-al-i‘tibar fi dhikr al-khitat
- Rasa’il of the Ikhwan al-Safa’
- Ja‘far b.Mansur al-Yaman’s al-‘Alim wa-al-ghulam
- The Da‘a’im al-Islam and Tarbiyat al-mu’minin of al-Qadi al-Nu‘man