IAS Partners with Hill Museum & Manuscript Library to Share Threatened Zaydi Manuscripts

The Institute for Advanced Study and Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (HMML) are partnering to provide open access to approximately 15,000 digitized Zaydi manuscripts from Yemen and neighboring countries. The three-year project will help support and make accessible the Zaydi handwritten heritage—a heritage that is on the verge of destruction in Yemen.

HMML Project Number ZMT 00561
A commentary on a religious text, on paper, without an extant title. Possibly 12th century. 
The Zaydi literary tradition is among the richest and most variegated traditions within Islamic civilization and at the same time, one of the least studied. Zaydi scholars produced manuscripts for over one thousand years covering a wide spectrum of traditional disciplines. The project, “The Zaydi Manuscript Tradition (ZMT),” consists of two components: a digital portal on the Institute for Advanced Study website and manuscript images with catalog records in vHMML Reading Room, HMML’s online manuscript resource. To learn more, visit the The Zaydi Manuscript Tradition and Hill Museum & Manuscript Library.


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