Ibn Sina Foundation

Treasure trove

Selected Persian Manuscripts from the collection of the St. Petersburg State University

2021 Sep 08

Abstract

The St. Petersburg State University's collection of Persian manuscripts includes a number of literary texts dated from the 13th-20th centuries, many of them being of exceptional academic value. The book is meant to introduce this collection to readers by demonstrating the most ancient, important and interesting manuscripts, and presenting them in the context of the development of the written culture of Iran and its neighbouring countries. The main part of this edition is the illustrated catalogue that contains a description of 35 manuscripts from the collection. It is preceded by two essays, the first one describing the history of the collection, and the second one providing an overview of the history and development of the Persian language, literature and writing, as well as the specific features of the development of Islamic manuscript culture in Iran.

The book is intended for experts in Iranian history, literature, art, and culture, as well as for all those interested in exploring the world of Persian manuscripts in Iran and other countries.

Imprint

Treasure trove: Selected Persian Manuscripts from the collection of the St. Petersburg State University / edited by O. M. Yastrebova. - SPb: Publishing house of St. Petersburg State University, 2021. - 423 p.