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Description of the database


This database is a part of the result of “Project for Maintenance and Digital Library of Asian Rare Books” which was confirmed and distributed the resource as the educational research business of Fiscal year 2005 by the administrative office of Tokyo university. This database provides the body text of the collection catalogue for each manuscript and the image.


The body text of the collection catalogue was written by Professor Hans Daiber who collected all manuscripts, and minor revisions have been done based on Catalogue of the Arabic Manuscripts in the Daiber Collection II Institute of ‎Oriental Culture University of Tokyo, The Documentation Center for Asian ‎Studies Institute of Oriental Culture University of Tokyo, 1996.

We made the database for and to be used widely by researchers, eliminating the data-hoarding, in accordance with the spirit of “Full-text Database of Chinese Rare Books” (image database) which has been produced and released by Institute of oriental culture University of Tokyo.

We ask for your cooperation in carefully observing some basic regulations and guidelines.

  • The database may be browsed, downloaded or printed out for personal research and investigation use only. ‎‎‎

  • Do not duplicate or distribute the downloaded or printed out image data to the disinterested party except for small study group or university lecture.

  • Beyond the range of personal use as large volume of download and print out are prohibited.‎

  • This database may not be published or broadcast by anyone without the prescribed procedure.

The watermark on the image is a logo of this institution which is designed by Mr. Koichi Honda who is a foremost authority on Arabic calligraphy in Japan. It says “Maʿhad Dirāsāt ‎al-Thaqāfa al-Sharqīya bi-Jāmiʿa Ṭūkyū” meaning Institute of oriental culture University of Tokyo in Arabic.‎

This project has started from making added copies of manuscripts and many people got involved in this collection.

Mr. Daiber willingly consented to modify the data and put them on the internet.

Including faculty members of Institute of oriental culture University of Tokyo, Ms. Mitsuko Saito, Ms. Naomi Inoue, Ms. Kuniko Kawamura, Mr. Osamu Saito, Mr. Kurasawa Makoto, Mr. Toshiharu Nigo, Mr. Kazushi Murase (Office Murase) and Ms. Riko Murai, thank you very much for all the trouble you've taken to help building this database.

Daiber collection database project leader

Shigeru Kamada