More and more information becomes available in digital, searchable form. Check the categories below and find useful links and tools for the modern student of Abbasid Studies.
Transliteration Tools

Transliteration tools

Arabic Scripts Unicode Fonts
Charis SIL
TITUS Cyberbit
Jaghbub Unicode

Desktop layouts

Mac: Useful resources to transliterate Arabic with detailed installation instructions can be found on The Arabic Macintosh.
PC: Keyboard layouts can be created and modified using the Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator.


On-Line Catalogues

Fihrist, catalogue of Islamic manuscripts in UK libraries (in development)
Agabozorg, catalogue of Islamic manuscripts in Iranian libraries
Yazma Eser Kütüphaneleri, catalogue of Islamic manuscripts in Turkish libraries
Handschriften Katalog Online
Harvard Islamic Heritage Project

Digital Libraries

Alfabetical List of Open Access Islamic Manuscripts Collections
Cambridge Digital Library (includes several examples of Abbasid Qur’ans)
The Minassian Collection of Qur’anic Manuscripts (includes several examples of Abbasid Qur’ans)
Library of the Iranian Parliament (30000 digitised manuscripts)

Latest news

Journal of Abbasid Studies

Now available: JAS 6

The Journal of Abbasid Studies (JAS) is a platform to discuss the political, cultural, social, economic, religious and intellectual life of the Abbasid Caliphate. The JAS 6 (2019) is now available.
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Light Abbasid

Join a round table!

Journal of Abbasid Studies Round Tables provide the opportunity for participants to move outside their areas of specific expertise and challenge established approaches within their field.
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Send in your submission for JAS

The editors of JAS invite submissions from established and early career scholars. For more information, please email Dr. Monique Bernards at

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