Berber manuscripts collection
Scope and Contents
Mostly manuscripts of a religious content. A prominent text is the Bahr al-dumu’ ('Ocean of Tears') by Muhammad b. 'Ali Awzal (c. 1680-1749).
- 18th-early 20th c.
- Bulk 19th c.
Language of Materials
Berber languages, predominantly Sousse Berber.
Conditions Governing Use
Regulations that apply during the use of these materials can be found on the website of Leiden University Library.
375 items (circa)
Verzameling van handschriften in Berbertalen, vooral over religieuze onderwerpen, voornamelijk na 1990 verworven via Mostapha Naji, een antiquarische boekhandelaar in Rabat, Marokko.
Collection of manuscripts in Berber languages, predominantly on religious subjects. Mostly acquired after through Mostapha Naji, an antiquarian bookseller based in Rabat, Morocco.
Leiden University Library, Special Collections
Other Finding Aids
Catalogue Van den Boogert (2002).
The bulk of the collection was acquired after 1990 through Mr Mostapha Naji, co-owner of the antiquarian bookshop Librairie Dar at-Tourath, Zanqat Tabaria 5, Rabat, Morocco.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Almost all items were bought during the curatorship of Prof. Jan Just Witkam (Leiden).
No future additions are expected.
- Boogert, N. van den, Catalogue of Berber manuscripts in the library of Leiden University. Leiden 2002.
The material can be requested (and consulted) in the Special Collections Reading Room.
Research by Dr Nico van den Boogert in the 1990s resulted in an unpublished catalogue, a hard copy of which is available in the Special Collections reading room (V.d. Boogert 2002).
- Berber languages Subject Source: Fast
- Manuscripts Subject Source: Aat
- Manuscripts, Berber Subject Source: Fast
- Morocco Subject Source: Tgn
- Collection guide of the Berber manuscripts collection (18th-early 20th c.)
- Collectie Berber handschriften
- Arnoud Vrolijk, 2012
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Code for undetermined script
- Language of description note
- Beschrijving is in het Engels.
- 11 September 2012: latest update
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