Ismaili Special Collections

In 2013 the IIS established the Ismaili Special Collections Unit (ISCU) as part of its continuing endeavours to systematically preserve, develop, digitise and catalogue these collections. ISCU was also formed to study and facilitate research on these materials, in order to contribute to the IIS’s vision of promoting scholarship on the heritage of Ismaili communities and that of other Muslim groups. These special collections have been at the heart of the research, publications and educational programmes undertaken by the IIS over the years.


Discover the Collections Catalogue Series which showcases manuscripts held by the IIS. The catalogues contain detailed descriptions of the manuscripts, discussing both the content of the works and the features of the manuscripts.