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Author: Christoph Rauch

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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
In: The Yemeni Manuscript Tradition
In: The Diez Albums
Life and Collections of Johann Gottfried Wetzstein (1815-1905) in Context
Manuscripts, Politics and Oriental Studies commemorates the life and works of Johann Gottfried Wetzstein (1815-1905) as a scholar, manuscript collector, and consul in Berlin and Damascus. Beyond research into Wetzstein's own time, special attention is given to the impact his efforts to acquire manuscripts have had until this day. Several contributions also illustrate contemporary developments that give context to his own career as a scholar and diplomat. The particular focus of this volume allows to explore the history of Oriental scholarship not purely through the lens of academic posts and publications but encourages us to discover lifes such as Wetzstein's, without academic stardom yet laying the material foundations of textual work for generations.

Contributors are Kaoukab Chebaro; François Déroche; Faustina Doufikar-Aerts; Alba Fedeli; Ludmila Hanisch †; Michaela Hoffmann-Ruf; Ingeborg Huhn; Robert Irwin; Boris Liebrenz; Astrid Meier; Samar El Mikati El Kaissi; Claudia Ott; Holger Preißler †; Christoph Rauch; Helga Rebhan; Anke Scharrahs; Jan Just Witkam.
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
In: Manuscripts, Politics and Oriental Studies