Author: Jan Just Witkam
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When we treat manuscripts as rare and precious objects it is because we know that they are unique and irreplaceable. Yet they are not always rare in the sense that one seldom sees them, or that the historian or philologist has difficulty in finding them. In fact, Islamic manuscripts are found all over the world and they exist in incredible numbers, both in public and private collections. This is more or less the case in the entire world of Islam, but there are some regions that, for reasons of their own, have always been particularly rich in manuscript resources. As

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