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Ismaili Special Collections Unit Launches Online Catalogue

15th December 2021

The Ismaili Special Collections Unit (ISCU) has launched an online catalogue of special collections housed at the IIS. Featuring information on a significant number of items, including photographs, artefacts, coins and medals, rare books, manuscripts, archival items and periodicals, the catalogue will enable a wide range of audiences, including researchers and students, to explore heritage materials relating to Ismaili communities online.

Dr Wafi Momin, Head of ISCU, said “We are delighted to announce the launch of an online catalogue of the special collections housed at the IIS. This online catalogue represents a key milestone in making accessible the rich heritage of Ismaili communities from around the world to a varied audience including researchers, students and interested members of the public.”

The launch of this online catalogue represents years of work on these special items relating to their collection, preservation as well as conservation including decontamination work and cataloguing. More data will be added to the catalogue on an ongoing basis,” added Naureen Ali, ISCU Cataloguer and Adlib Officer.

It is hoped that the catalogue will be an important tool in facilitating research and educational activities on various aspects of the intellectual and literary heritage of the Ismaili communities and that of the larger Muslim world.


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A set of two rock crystal three-faced seals and two metal seals from Aga Khan I (c. 1258-1283 AH/1842-1866 AD)

A set of two rock crystal three-faced seals and two metal seals from Aga Khaninfo-icon I (c. 1258-1283 AH/1842-1866 AD).