The Library of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences was established in 1826. Its collection of Persian manuscripts is the most comprehensive set of its kind in Hungary. The volumes were produced in four major cultural centres of the Persianate world, the Ottoman Empire, Iran, Central Asia and India during a span of time that extends from the 14th to the 19th century. Collected mainly by enthusiastic private collectors and acknowledged scholars the manuscripts have preserved several unique texts or otherwise interesting copies of well-known works. Though the bulk of the collection has been part of Library holdings for almost a century, the present volume is the first one to describe these manuscripts in a detailed and systematic way.
Benedek Péri is the head of the Department of Turkic Studies, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest. Specialized in the history of classical Persianate literary traditions, he has widely published on various aspects of Persian, Chaghatay and Ottoman literature.
Mojdeh Mohammadi is a Senior Librarian responsible for the Manuscripts Section in the Special Library of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Islamic Repubic of Iran. She is a member of the Advisory Group of the National Committee of the Memory of the World Program in Iran.
Miklós Sárközy is iranist, historian and associate professor at the Károli Gáspár Reformed University of the Hungarian Reformed Church. Dr. Sárközy specializes in medieval Iranian Ismaili history and its sources.
All interested in Islamic manuscripts and Persianate Studies.