“Source Materials in Indian Archives and Libraries for the Study of Arab History”
When the Scholars of Arab History think of manuscripts in English/Arabic and other related language, they almost invariably turn to the great libraries in
Indian Libraries have full of manuscript on Arab History. According to an estimate in 2003,
importance of many individual items, from some of the finest calligraphic and illustrated manuscripts of the Quran to autograph and other high-quality copies of major legal, literary, scientific, and historical works. Manuscripts produced in
The main objective of this conference is to find out the entire materials on Arab history spread all over the country’s Archives and Libraries on Arab History in all languages- English, Arabic, Persian, Urdu and other regional languages. It is hoped that conference will provide an opportunity to unravel the unexplored and hidden materials concerning Arab History. It is also hoped that the proceedings of the conference would be published which would act as reference book.
Following are the tentative themes of the conference:
1. Detailed Survey of the English, Arabic, Persian, Urdu and Turkish Manuscripts and documents of the National Archives of India and Moharastra State Archives- Bombay and other Archives of India on Arab History.
2. Countrywise survey (
3. Various Reports and Publications by the Foreign departments on Arab History.
4. Traveler’s accounts like G.F.Sadleir’s, Major-Gereral Sir Henry Rawlinson missions to
5. Wahabism in
6. Indian writing on Wahabism ( In any languages –English, Arabic, Urdu, Persian, Turkish or any south Indian languages)
7. Various collection of Treaties on Arab Gulf History.
8. Haj Pilgrimages
9. Survey of the books and Journals in English, Arabic, Persian and Urdu in the Indian Libraries on Arab History.
10. Survey of the Khuda Baksh Library,
11. Publication of the Dar al-Musannifin on the Arab History.
12. Manuscripts and publications of the National Library of Calcutta.
13. Miscellaneous account of the Arab History
14. All private collections on the Arab World
15. Arabic manuscripts in Indian Libraries, Private libraries, Khankhas, Mosques, Dargahs and other places
Contact: Dr. H.A. Nazmi,
Assistant Professor and Seminar Convener, Centre for West Asian Studies, JAMIA MILLIA