Arabic and Persian Manuscripts in the Birnbaum Collection, Toronto includes many early copies, from the 6th century A.H. / 12th century C.E. onwards. They cover a wide range of subjects. The catalogue gives detailed descriptions of 66 Arabic and 34 Persian works, arranged by subject. Author and title indexes provide easy access, and photographs of selected pages enhance the descriptions. The manuscripts were acquired individually over many decades.
Eleazar Birnbaum began studying Arabic in 1947 at the age of 17, at the University of London. He has been an Islamics librarian at the Universities of Durham (England) and Michigan. Since 1964 he has been Professor (now Emeritus) of Turkish Studies at the University of Toronto. Among his recent publications is a catalogue of his own collection of Ottoman Turkish manuscripts:
Ottoman Turkish and Çaĝatay MSS in Canada. A Union Catalogue of the Four Collections (Brill, 2015).
This illustrated catalogue will interest librarians and scholars of Arabic and Islamic studies. The manuscripts, mostly oId, include works on geography, Arabic languague, lexicography, literature (prose and poetry), Qur'anic sciences, history, ethics, medicine and pseudo-sciences.