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This article outlines the long history and challenges of cataloguing and indexing manuscripts in Arabic script at the Royal Library in Berlin, which finally led to the monumental works of Wilhelm Ahlwardt for Arabic and Wilhelm Pertsch for Turkish and Persian. Many handwritten lists and catalogue fragments of Oriental manuscripts from the end of the seventeenth century onwards are kept in the archives of the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin. They are evidence of the library’s struggle to manage increasing numbers of manuscripts as well as of the problems researchers faced in a period when Oriental studies was redefining its territory. Johann Gottfried Wetzstein too was entrusted with cataloguing his own collection, a venture which he could not complete.

In: Manuscripts, Politics and Oriental Studies
Author: Christoph Rauch

Abstract

This article outlines the long history and challenges of cataloguing and indexing manuscripts in Arabic script at the Royal Library in Berlin, which finally led to the monumental works of Wilhelm Ahlwardt for Arabic and Wilhelm Pertsch for Turkish and Persian. Many handwritten lists and catalogue fragments of Oriental manuscripts from the end of the seventeenth century onwards are kept in the archives of the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin. They are evidence of the library’s struggle to manage increasing numbers of manuscripts as well as of the problems researchers faced in a period when Oriental studies was redefining its territory. Johann Gottfried Wetzstein too was entrusted with cataloguing his own collection, a venture which he could not complete.

In: Manuscripts, Politics and Oriental Studies
In: The Yemeni Manuscript Tradition
In: Manuscripts, Politics and Oriental Studies
In: Manuscripts, Politics and Oriental Studies
In: Manuscripts, Politics and Oriental Studies

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This article provides a small catalogue of 14 manuscripts and 7 Oriental printings from Wetzstein’s personal library that were acquired by the Prussian State Library together with his bequest in the early years of the 20th century. Outstanding among those objects is a small Quranic study collection of Wetzstein, comprising early Quranic fragments from the 2nd and 3rd Islamic centuries.

In: Manuscripts, Politics and Oriental Studies
In: Manuscripts, Politics and Oriental Studies