Berlin State Library boasts 700 historical Indonesian manuscripts

Leaders Community IBM Class – Professional Class & Magister Management Program STIE IBMT Surabaya, The Berlin State Library in Germany houses approximately 700 historical Indonesian manuscripts among its collection of 80,000 from all over the world. Thoralf Hanstein, an expert on Arabic, Islamic and Ottoman Studies at the library, told the Antara news agency during a recent library visit that many of the manuscripts from Indonesia dated back to the 18th century. The ancient items are stored in a temperature-controlled room for preservation, and only authorized personnel are allowed to handle them. One hundred thirty of the Indonesian manuscripts at the library, which is locally known as Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, had been digitized, Hanstein said. Here are some of the old manuscripts from Indonesia housed at the Berlin State Library, according to Antara. Majmuah manuscript The Berlin State library hosts one of the oldest collections of ancient Quran manuscripts and Majmuah manuscripts. Hanstein presented the Majmuah manuscripts, a collection of many Javanese texts written in the Arabic or Pegon alphabet. In the text on Islam in Java, there is a picture of animals resembling lions. “This is Buraq, the vehicle of the Prophet,” said Hanstein, who is fluent in Indonesian…..
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