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Kosmographie Muḥammed Ibn-Zakarīyā al-Qazwīnīs (Die Wunder der Schöpfung). Version aus dem 18. Jahrhundert | © BSB/Cod.arab. 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. http://quest.eb.com/search/126_491711/1/126_491711/cite

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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Astronomische Handschrift in arabischer Sprache, zwischen 1630 und 1650 in Isfahan entstanden | © BSB S. Gottstein/Cod.arab. 2834

The astronomic manuscript in the Arabic language was created in Isfahan between 1630 and 1650. It comprises 100 sheets, contains numerous illustrations with graphical drawings of the planets' orbits and very finely drawn allegoric representations in human form.

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Poesiehandschrift des persischen Dichters Ahli Shirazi (1454 – 1535) | © BSB/Cod.pers. 539

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek has newly acquired a poetry manuscript by the Persian poet Ahli Shirazi (1454 – 1535). Little is known about him: He lived a solitary life and was presumably poor. In contrast, the present collection of poems is crafted luxuriously.

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Zauberrolle | © BSB/Cod.aethiop. 180

In 2016, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek acquired nine Ethiopian parchment manuscripts in Ge'ez, the ancient literary language, which is still used today by Ethiopian Christians as their liturgical language. With respect to content, the manuscripts are psalms and liturgical texts.

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