Sohrab Yekkehzare, the Head of Cataloguing Department at the Majles Library announced that the data of the Manuscripts Catalogue of the Majles Library, Volume 27, Part One was entered into the resource database. The Catalogue consists of the metadata of 764 manuscripts available at the Majles Library.
The Manuscripts Catalogue of the Majles Library, Volume 27/1 has been authored by Dr. Javad Bashari, professor of Persian language and literature at the University of Tehran. He is one of the leading and accurate cataloguers of old texts and manuscripts. These features have made his catalogue one of the best and most exemplary catalogue.
200 volumes of manuscripts from No. 8001 to No. 8200 have been cataloged in the catalogue.
There are a considerable number of handwritten treasuries and anthologies in the catalogue. For example, he has extracted and introduced 268 titles and entries of poems by Persian language poets of different centuries from manuscript No. 8173, which is an anthology of poems with tireless effort and amazing style. Also he has introduced 111 titles of Persian and Turkish poems of poets of different centuries which are available in manuscript No. 8177.
The oldest manuscript in this volume, which is among the exquisite manuscript treasures of the Library, is "Al-Ershad Fi Ma’refat-e Hojaj-e Allah Ta’ala ‘ala Al’ebad”
(الارشاد فی معرفه حجج الله تعالی علی العباد) written by Sheikh Mofid, which was scribed in 589 AH.
Among the oldest manuscripts in catalogue, the following two manuscripts can be mentioned:
- “Asrar Al-‘arabiyyah”(اسرار العربیه), by “Kama Al-Din Abu Al-Barakat ‘abdorrahman Ben Mohammad(Ebn-e Anbari), scribed in the seventh century AH.
- “Sharh Al-Jame’ Al-Sahih”(شرح الجامع الصحیح), by unknown author, scribed in the seventh century AH.
According to Yekkeh Zare, the existence of many different explanations, notes, references and abundant and varied bibliographic and manuscript information made it a little hard to extract and enter the information into the proper record fields in the database which was solved by the experts of the Cataloguing Department.
From now on, the full-text catalogue of the manuscripts can be searched and used by researchers. It is also worth noting that the PDFs of some manuscripts are attached and can be viewed and uploaded free of charge.
The Head of Cataloguing Department added that entering the information of several other volumes of the Library’s manuscripts is underway, with the end of each of them; a report related to them will be published in the near future.