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21st September: National Day of Malta

A brief about Malta’s Islamic written heritage

Map of Malta by Piri Reis 1467-1554 Kitab-ı Bahriye Book of Navigation

Among the 106 countries included in the “World Survey of Islamic Manuscripts” (the flagship project undertaken by Al-Furqan Islamic Heritage Foundation between the years 1989 – 1994) was Malta.

Malta’s Islamic written heritage was surveyed in 1993, by Hadi Sharifi.

This survey brought to light a wealth of information about the Country’s collections of Islamic manuscripts, by indicating: the cities and libraries that hold these manuscripts, the approximate number of manuscripts within each collection, the subjects and languages in which they are written, the conditions in which they are and whether they have been catalogued and studied, the particular significant manuscripts which they contain, etc.

According to this Survey, Malta has just over 51 manuscripts, held in 8 libraries (private and institutional). These libraries have mostly been established between 1600 – 1999, and their collections vary between 1 and 23 manuscripts.

Source note:
This information was published in the following book:
“World Survey of Islamic Manuscripts” (English version), 1997-2002, Al-Furqan Islamic Heritage Foundation, London, UK, Vol. 2, pp. 289-298.

Please note that some of the images used in this online version might not be part of the published version of this article within the respective book.

Disclaimer:
The data figures, the names, and other details are overall reflecting those of the time when the Survey was conducted.

Important note:
The Foundation is striving to update these details in progress; and, Your help in this regard would be much appreciated.

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