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East European, Oriental and Asian Reading Room | © BSB/H.-R. Schulz

After you have logged in on the web page of our booking system, you can now view and manage your bookings in a newly designed overview.

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Qalamos | SBB-PK CC BY-NC-SA 3.0

Qalamos, the portal for manuscripts from Asian and African scriptural tradition, starts on 28 June 2022. The portal pools the metadata and digital copies of manuscripts from this area from over 20 German institutions and makes them publicly accessible together for the first time.

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Torah edition from the personal papers of Schalom Ben-Chorin (1913 – 1999) | © BSB

A five-volume Torah edition, which was printed in Fürth between 1801 and 1803 and formerly owned by the famous Jewish Munich citizen Schalom Ben-Chorin (1913 – 1999), could now be purchased by the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek to expand its collection of rare Hebrew Bavarica.

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Cosmography by Muḥammed Ibn-Zakarīyā al-Qazwīnīs (The Miracles of Creation). version of the 18th century | © BSB/ 463

In the course of the coming three years, the German Research Foundation will fund the development of a union catalogue and of a portal "Orient-Digital" for oriental manuscripts. It is intended to establish common cataloguing standards, to convert printed catalogues into electronic ones and to pool all existing electronic catalogue entries. Under the direction of the Oriental Department of the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, the Gotha Research Library, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek Munich and the University Computation Center (URZ) Leipzig will be cooperating closely.

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© De Agostini Editorie/ W. Buss/ Universal Images Group [Photograph]. Retrieved from Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest.

The e-book collection includes over 2,000 titles on Islamic law, Islam studies and Islamic theology, predominantly in Arabic and partly also in English. Most of them are publications of the last decade. The books were already published in print, but only a small part of them has been available in Germany.

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