Find out more about the collection

If you are new to the Cadbury Research Library, this page offers suggestions for the best search options and catalogues to use, based on what you're looking for.

How can I find items in the Mingana Collection?

It is not currently possible to search all of the Mingana Collection online at the same time, although this is something we are working to achieve. Until that time there are three methods for finding out about the contents of the collection.

Printed catalogues

Four catalogues exist which cover the bulk of the Mingana Collection:

  • Catalogue of the Mingana Collection of Manuscripts, I-III (Cambridge: Heffer, 1933-1939). [vol.I Syriac; vols II-III Christian Arabic and Syriac].
  • Derek Hopwood, Catalogue of the Mingana Collection of Manuscripts, IV (revised edition, Zug: IDC, 1985). [Islamic Arabic].

These catalogues are available for consultation in the Cadbury Research Library, and will be found in other major academic libraries. Historic printed copies may be found online through book dealers. Gorgias Press has reprinted the first three volumes and sells these through their online site.

  • In 1997 Professor L-A Hunt published a survey of selected illustrated material within the collection:

1997, L-A Hunt, ‘The Mingana and Related Collections. A Survey of Illustrated Arabic, Greek, Eastern Christian, Persian and Turkish Manuscripts in the Selly Oak Colleges, Birmingham’.

Cadbury Research Library Archive catalogue

FIHRIST Union catalogue

A searchable catalogue to locate Islamic script manuscript collections. We are continuing to add the manuscripts within the Mingana Collection in Arabic script

Virtual Manuscript Room

The Virtual Manuscript Room was a project funded by the Joint Information Systems Committee. It was designed to enable high quality images from the Mingana Collection of Middle Eastern Manuscript collection to be viewed in digitised form, and first went online in 2009.

The presentation of the collection online was part of JISC’s £1.8 million Enriching Digital Resources programme, a set of twenty-five projects which enhances the use of online content for teaching, learning and research

The Virtual Manuscript Room makes available over 10000 images from seventy Eastern Manuscripts. This includes a full set of images of the Birmingham Qur’an manuscript (Islamic Arabic 1572a)