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Title [Microfilm of the Mingana collection of manuscripts : now in the possession of the trustees of the Woodbrooke Settlement, Selly Oak, Birmingham]

Published [Birmingham? England] : Rank Xerox, <1933-1985?>


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail MIC/o  M.E.S. S467  pt.1. MS. 1-606 ; pt.2. MS. 59-87, 607-622; pt.3: MS 633-662 ; incomplete    NOT FOR LOAN
Physical description < 603 > microfilm reels : illustrations, black & white ; 4 in., 35 mm
Notes Title supplied by cataloguer. No bibliographic information supplied on containers, no eye-legible strips, and no title frame provided by Rank Xerox reproduction.
Also known as the Mingana Collection ; or the Mingana manuscript collection.
"Microfilmed by Rank Xerox" -- from initial frame on each reel.
Low reduction.
Contents Reels appear to be issued in 4 parts, according to published catalogue guides: [Pt. 1.] Syriac and Garsh┼źni manuscripts (MS. 1-606) -- [pt. 2.] Christian Arabic manuscripts (MS 59-87) and additional Syriac manuscripts (MS 607-622) -- [pt. 3.] Additional Christian Arabic and Syriac manuscripts (MS 633-662) -- [pt. 4.] Islamic Arabic manuscripts.
Original Version Microfilm reproduction of manuscripts compiled: 1933-[1985?] Original manuscripts date from approximately 640 AD to [1700?].
Summary Microfilm reproduction of a collection of more than 3,000 Middle Eastern documents gathered in the 1920s and held in the library of the Selly Oak Colleges, Birmingham. In 2015 the Mingana Collection is housed at Special Collections at the University of Birmingham. It contains as its basis, manuscripts which were collected and curated by Alphonse Mingana, an ethnic Chaldean theologian, historian, Syriacist, orientalist and former priest based in Birmingham, England, who made three trips to the Middle East to collect ancient Syriac and Arabic manuscripts. He catalogued the manuscripts and compiled published guides to the Mingana Collection, which is designated by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council as being of international importance. The Collection includes 660 Syriac and Karshuni (Arabic in Syriac characters) Christian manuscripts including church documents, gospels, works on liturgy, lives of saints and homilies. Among the earliest items are a number of important fragments originating from St. Catherine's Monastery, Sinai. The collection also includes 270 Arabic Christian manuscripts, including a fragment of the oldest known text of the Acta Thomae, and a very early copy of the Arabic translation of some works by St. Ephrem. Also copntains 2000 Arabic Islamic manuscripts mainly on religious subjects. There are several copies of the Qur'an, besides two collections of fragments of Kufic Qur'ans, dating from the 8th and 9th centuries. Other works include Qur'an commentaries, Hadith, law, literature, science, medicine, education and mysticism. [Source: Wikipedia]
Notes Unnumbered reels; microfilm frames provide MS. number of manuscript pages.
Language notes Text in Syriac and Arabic languages, in old and newer scripts.
Other author Mingana, Alphonse, 1881-1937, curator.
University of Birmingham. Library, Host institution.
Subject Selly Oak Colleges. Library.
University of Birmingham. Library.
Arabic literature -- Manuscripts -- Facsimiles.
Syriac literature -- Manuscripts -- Facsimiles.
Manuscripts, Arabic -- England -- Birmingham -- Facsimiles.
Manuscripts, Syriac -- England -- Birmingham -- Facsimiles.
Variant Title Mingana Collection.
Mingana manuscript collection.
Mingana collection of manuscripts.