One of the standard handbooks for Islamic Codicology is

  • Islamic Codicology , edited by François Deroche and published in English, French and Arabic by the al-Furqan Foundation in London.

Another more recent work which happens to be available for free is:

  • Comparative Oriental Manuscript Studies: An Introduction, edited by: Alessandro Bausi (General editor), Pier Giorgio Borbone, Françoise Briquel-Chatonnet, Paola Buzi, Jost Gippert, Caroline Macé, Marilena Maniaci, Zisis Melissakis, Laura E. Parodi, Witold Witakowski



For information regarding editing islamic scientific texts, the following titles might be useful:

  1. Editing Islamic Manuscripts on Science: Proceedings of the Fourth Conference of Al-Furqān Islamic Heritage Foundation – 29th-30th November 1997 – English version, al-Furqan Islamic Heritage Foundation, London, 1999, edited by Yusuf Ibish

This book holds 11 papers and studies that were presented in four sessions within the proceedings of the Fourth Conference of the Centre for the Study of Islamic Manuscripts (part of the Al-Furqān Foundation) on the topic of “Editing Islamic Manuscripts on Science”, such as mathematics, astronomy, medicine and other areas. The first session looked at the manuscripts of science and their editing method. The second session focused on the ‘The Editing of Manuscripts on Astronomy’. Several papers were presented which discussed in detail the editing of the major works in this field. Among these were the works of Thābit bin Qurrah, as well as the Andalucían and Maghreb manuscripts. The problem of critical verification of Zaij was also addressed. The third session looked at “The Editing of Manuscripts on Mathematics”, which included several papers on geometrical figures in Arabic manuscripts and Ibn al-Haytham Works on Optics (al-Baṣariyāt). The conference was concluded with two papers, one on ‘the Arabic Definitions of Scientific Terminology in Arabic Manuscripts’ and the second on “The Editing and Publication of Manuscripts on Medicine”.