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Manuscripts of the Silk Road

The Research Project
The Al-Biruni-Centre for Oriental Manuscripts of the Tashkent State Institute of Oriental Studies holds a collection of manuscripts which can well match with any treasury of its kind in the world, both in its scientific value and wealth. At present, the depository contains over 25,000 volumes of manuscripts. These works were written in Turkic, Arabic, Persian, and other languages of Eastern peoples. They cover a wide range of subjects from virtually all fields of science. They are of great significance for the study of history and culture of the peoples of Central Asia, India, Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, the Arab countries, and other Eastern countries as well as the relations between each other. One of themost ancient works of the Institute is »Gharib al-Hadith« by the prominent scholar of the East, Ibn Sallam (d. 837).

The project began in 2008 and its purpose was to create an electronic catalogue of all manuscripts of the main fund of the Al-Biruni-Centre. We aim at providing the possibility to search the medieval works by author’s name, by title, or by keywords. It will be useful for researchers of different academic disciplines, providing an easy way to browse manuscripts of a definite timeperiod or language. Users will easily acquire information about the medieval authors or copyists.

The catalogisation work involved carefully reading each manuscript and comparing it to the data in the catalogue card. By now, 10,000 volumes of manuscripts have been described and 2,036 hitherto undiscovered copies have been found. In 291 cases, the name of the work was found to be wrongly fixed. We also corrected the names of 268 authors and 290 copyists as well as 368 cases of incorrect dates. Furthermore, participants corrected the foliation of 1,539 manuscripts. More than 17,000 descriptions of medieval works have been entered into the database and 125,000 folios of manuscripts have been digitally scanned.


Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Academic Project Manager
Sanjar Gulomov

Project Assistants
Bahri Abdullaeva
Ma’murjon Abidov
Dr Khamidulla Aminov
Dr Amanulla Buriyev
Dr Masudkhon Ismoilov
Abdusattor Jumanazarov
Dr Adil Kariev
Gulom Karimov
Dr Hamidillo Lutfillayev
Erkin Mirkamilov
Najmiddin Mirmakhmudov
Dr Saidakbar Mukhammadaminov
Dr Shoniyoz Musoev
Khilola Nazirova
Shukhratillo Pulatov
Sharifa Tosheva
Prof Dr Diloram Yusupova

Editorial Teams
Peter Prestel  
Oleg Golberg

Camera Technicians
Klaus Hernitschek  

Editing Technicians
Klaus Hernitschek  

Overall Planning Teams
Gisela Graichen und Peter Prestel

All episodes
The Abu Raihan al-Biruni Centre for Oriental Manuscripts at Tashkent State Institute of Oriental Studies
Episode 1
Samarkand - City of Science
Episode 2
Buchara - City of Religion
Episode 3
Khiva - The City of Caravans
Episode 4
Qarshi - The Poet's Grave
Episode 5
The General Interview with Sanjar Gulimov
Episode 6


by Dr. Said SABBAGH | 10.12.2016 | 18:09
Do they have the index of manuscripts?


by Doktorand | 15.12.2016 | 09:48
Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren,
vielen herzlichen Dank für Ihre fazsiniereende Episoden.
Ich bin ein Doktorand im Bereich von Orientalistik. Wo könnte man die elektronischen Manuskripten im Internet sehen?

Im Voraus wäre ich Ihnen für Ihre Antwort sehr dankbar.

Mit freundlichen Grüßen
Mohammad Zarei


by Georgios Chatzoudis | 15.12.2016 | 10:19
Dear Dr Sabbagh, sehr geehrter Herr Zareid,

haben Sie vielen Dank für Ihren Kommentar zu unserer Videoreihe „Handschriften der Seidenstraße“. Wir haben Ihre Fragen an die Leitung des Forschungsprojekts weitergeleitet.

thank you very much for your comment referring to our video "Manuscripts of the Silk Road". Your requests have been forwarded to the project manager.

Mit freundlichen Grüßen / Kind regards,
Ihre L.I.S.A.Redaktion


by Professor Ashirbek Muminov | 28.12.2016 | 17:12
Barakalla Abdusattor Jumanazarov!


by university of Tehran | 19.02.2017 | 14:35
Hello !
Im looking for a persian manuscript in Tashken, its name is ( Fatavi munakka : فتاوی منقی), his author is Muhammad bin Yousof bin Muhammad Mahjordi Iji.

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