This collection contains Oriental printed books in Arabic, Turkish (Arabic script - Ottoman and Latin) and Persian, and books printed in Arabic script in general, such as, for example, the Bosnian Arebica. This collection has approximately 20,000 monographs of which 19,000 units have been cataloged and are available to users via the registry 19,000 units. Among them are extremely valuable, old and rare books. Of particular significance are the first examples of books printed in Arabic script on the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
This collection also includes books printed in Cairo, Istanbul, Riyadh, Kuwait, Kom, London, Paris, Leiden, Herendonu (USA), Moscow and many other places. The collection keeps Oriental and first editions of printed books from the first printing house of the Ottoman Empire owned by Ibrahim Muteferrik which was founded in 1726. There are also first editions of books from the Vilayet printing house, the oldest in Bosnia and Herzegovina, established in 1866, so together with the books of the modern printing press of the world, they represent documents of their time and people as well as their literacy and intellectual thought.
Of the first 17 printed copies of the Ibrahim Muteferrike’s printing house, in Gazi Husrev-bey’s Library, there are 10 of them and some of the titles are:
1.Kitāb-ı Lügāt-ı Wanqulu (Dictionary Vankulu lugati, printed in 1728) by Mehmed son of Mustafa el-Vani (died in 1592);
2.Tārīḫ-i Miṣr-i ḡadīd (History of Egypt, printed in 1729) by Suhejli-effendi
3.Ahvâl-i gazevât der diyar-i Bosna (Ahval-i Gazevati der diyar Bosna, better known as Tarihi Bosna, printed in 1741) by Omer Novljanin (lived in XVIII century). These are the oldest printed books in GHB Library.
Among the books of the collection are the works of classical Islamic Studies (aqa'id, ahlak, hadith, tafsir, fiqh, history of Islam, Islamic culture and civilization) and the works that deal with social sciences (philosophy, ethics, history, sociology, politics). In addition, there are works in linguistics, literature (Arabic, Turkish, Persian and Bosnian), as well as technical and natural sciences (architecture, mathematics, medicine).
This collection has been enriched by endowment and purchase from private libraries of Bosnian leaders and intellectuals such as: : Mehmed Handžić, hafiz Asim Sirćo, Abdullah Bušatlić, Salim Muftić, Osman A. Sokolović, Sinanuddin Sokolović, Šaban Hodžić, Džemal Čehajić and others.
These books are available to all interested users within the Library, with the expert assistance of librarians in selecting titles and the ability to copy and scan selected content. The expert processing of this collection is conducted by Fatima Tinjak.
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