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Yale-SOAS   Islamic  Manuscript Gallery (IMG)

Yale University Library and the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London propose to build a virtual manuscript reading room that will 1) create an integrated set of full-text digital resources supporting manuscript research from manuscript catalogs and dictionaries by converting materials in Arabic, Persian, and Western scripts (Latin, German, Spanish, and French) and depositing these into searchable repositories; 2) augment existing digital collections of Arabic and Persian manuscripts by digitizing selected historical manuscripts, which highlight the contribution made to world knowledge by Middle Eastern philosophers, physicians, and scientists; and 3) develop an infrastructure, scalable for other collections rich in manuscripts and reference materials, to integrate manuscripts with related reference resources by building tools to analyze digitized materials and construct internal cross-references for connecting the materials in the archive. Cross-collection searching will enable patrons to explore the united collections simultaneously.

View a sampling of images.

Images of Yale Manuscripts, held at the Medical-Historical Library, now available.

Project Information: On The Road / press release / project proposal / selection list

Project Funding: JISC/NEH Transatlantic Digitization Collaboration Grants

Project Team:


at Yale

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The Yale-SOAS Islamic Mansucript Gallery will create a virtual research space for scholars worldwide.
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