Available Printed and Published Catalogues

  • A. Mingana, Catalogue of the Mingana Collection of Manuscripts, 3 vols. (Cambridge: Heffer and Sons Ltd., 1933) Vol. I - Syriac and Garshuni Manuscripts Vol. II - Christian Arabic and Additional Syriac Manuscripts Vol. III - Additional Christian Arabic and Syriac Manuscripts

  • Derek Hopwood, Catalogue of the Mingana Collection of Manuscripts (revised edition, Zug: Inter Documentation Company, 1985) Vol. IV Islamic Arabic Manuscripts

  • A guide by Lucy-Anne Hunt, ‘The Mingana and related collections. A survey of illustrated Arabic, Greek, Eastern Christian, Persian and Turkish Manuscripts in the Selly Oak Colleges, Birmingham’ (Birmingham : Mingana Collection, [1997]) provides more detailed descriptions of selected illustrated manuscripts

  • The fragments of eight Georgian manuscripts from Sinai are described by G. Garitte in an article in ‘Le Museon’, Vol. LXXIII, 1960, pp 239-259 in an article entitled ‘Les feuillets georgiens de la Collection Mingana’

  • Description of Hebrew manuscripts can be found in the Journal of Jewish Studies, vol. 5, issue 4, 1954 pp172-176 in an article by H. M. Gottstein entitled ‘Hebrew Fragments in the Mingana Collection’

  • PDF versions of Vols I-III of A. Mingana’s ‘Catalogue of the Mingana Collection of Manuscripts’ are available through the website of The Center for the Preservation of Ancient Religious Texts (CPART) at Brigham Young University

  • A project is under way (started February 2014) to make the catalogue of Islamic Arabic manuscripts here available for research online via the Fihrist website (see below).

‘Fihrist’ means ‘index or ‘catalogue’ in Arabic. The website is a joint project with the University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford with contributions from partner institutions holding major collections of Middle Eastern Manuscripts, including - as well as the University of Birmingham - the British Library, the Wellcome Institute, SOAS, the Royal Asiatic Society, Manchester University and St Andrew’s University. For further information, browse the website.

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