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Berber manuscripts collection

Identifier: ubl066

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).


  • Creation: 18th-early 20th c.
  • Creation: 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)

Abstract in Dutch

Verzameling van handschriften in Berbertalen, vooral over religieuze onderwerpen, voornamelijk na 1990 verworven via Mostapha Naji, een antiquarische boekhandelaar in Rabat, Marokko.

Abstract in English

Collection of manuscripts in Berber languages, predominantly on religious subjects. Mostly acquired after through Mostapha Naji, an antiquarian bookseller based in Rabat, Morocco.

Physical Location

Leiden University Library, Special Collections

Other Finding Aids

Catalogue Van den Boogert (2002).

Custodial History

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.

Processing Information

Research by Dr Nico van den Boogert in the 1990s resulted in an unpublished catalogue, a hard copy of which is available in the Special Collections reading room (V.d. Boogert 2002).

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.

Revision Statements

  • 11 September 2012: latest update

Repository Details

Part of the Leiden University Libraries Archives & Collections Repository

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