Document Type

Conference Paper


Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations, London; Libraries


This paper aims to explain the different cataloging practices in the Egyptian institutions that have manuscripts. There are many reasons for these differences. Firstly, the different cataloging standards applied to manuscripts in all institutions; Secondly, the scarcity of qualified manuscript cataloger; thirdly, the newness of the technological solutions such as bibliographic databases and metadata applications in Egyptian libraries. Finally, although the manuscripts are found in many institutions in Egypt, there is no planning that governs their collection and cataloging.


This work was published before the author joined Aga Khan University.

Publication (Name of Journal)

The 3rd Islamic Manuscript Conference 28-31 Aug. 2007, University of Cambridge, UK