Journal of Manuscripts & Libraries for Specialized Research (JMLSR)

About the Journal :

The International Journal of Manuscripts & Libraries for Specialized Research, published quarterly on behalf of the Scientific Institute of Advanced Training and Studies is a referred scientific journal, which is supervised by a group of scholars who are specialized in heritage, museums, and library studies in the Arab and international universities.

The objectives of this journal are: – To spot light on our memorable history to inspire a brighter future; – To stimulate the minds of researchers and adorers of heritage; -To exert efforts for the purpose of mobilizing skills and capacities in gathering various cultural, thoughtful, and heritage backgrounds; -To interact with the important aspects of our bountiful heritage, by and with which we live and move forward to the achievement of innovation, invention & development; -To fight alienation of relations with heritage; – To interact with masterworks of heritage to dedicate them to researchers to serve as a platform for achieving development.

The journal seeks to promote technical and educational services in view of international standards through distinguished and specialized qualifications, use of modern technology, loyalty and devotion to work, and achieving excellence to provide researchers and students with the best services. This will create a professional encouraging environment for the excellent creative ideas and talents who are committed to team work values, spirit of respect, authenticity of vision, and excellence in objectives.

The journal concerns with public intellectuals, persons interested in heritage and manuscripts, text editors, graduate researchers, researchers of manuscripts, librarians and information centres, in support of being a pioneer journal that seeks to make heritage a deep rooted science, art, entertainment, and education within an attractive framework of knowledge, as a leading journal in the field of heritage, documentations, and manuscripts studies at the national and international levels. Furthermore, the journal publishes authentic and distinguished scientific, technical and applied researches in an attempt to become a significant and added value journal in the field of electronic media, which takes advantage of the valuable components of manuscripts to regain its original beauty and the identity of Arabs and Muslims since they represent national, historical, ideological identities. In addition to this, manuscripts are regarded as a source of pride of the heritage left by our parents and ancestors including sciences, cultures, knowledge, and arts.


I have studied the works of the great Hafiz Imam, Dawud al-Tayalisi al-Basri (died in 204 H); such great reliable imam who used to report thirty thousand hadiths from memory. It was known that whenever Shu’ba’s hadith session came to an end, Abu Dawud al-Tayalisi would take his seat and report all that was told during that session from memory. I have tracked all his contributions, identified their locations in the world libraries of paper books, and reviewed the studies conducted about them, as well as any related publications. I was keen on tracing all his books; published ones, manuscripts and even those missing works with the attempt to assimilate as much as I could. I have also intensively examined the studies that have been written about or ased on him, including annotations, appendices, classifications, categorizations, etc. This is a useful tracking study for scholars and for those who are interested in that branch of science, as it collects the scattered works of such great imam found in the enormous libraries, especially the written copies of his precious book “al-Musnad”, the manuscripts of which are found in all four corners of the world. A written copy is currently kept at Topkapı Sarayı of Ahmed III, another with İsmail Hakkı İzmirli, one at Asfia Library, one with Khoda Bakhsh, one with Rasheed Dahdah, and several other written copies are kept in the Library of Awqaf Baghdad, in addition to a copy kept at Karl Marx Blaisezeg. Photocopies of these copies are kept at Jumat Al Majid Center in Dubai, and at the Institute of Manuscripts in Cairo. There may be a number of volumes for that book in the same library, while other libraries may have several written copies of it. I have described these copies in detail; listing their numbers, the number of pages, writing year, and registration numbers, as well as any other details I could find for each version in a brief and focused way.Based on this study and the tracking research, I found out that this “Musnad” was not compiled by Abu Dawud Tilaisi himself; instead, it was compiled for him by some Huffaz (hadith scholars) from Khorasan, and this applies in particular on those hadiths reported by Younis Ibn Habib from Abu Dawud. According to Al-Hafiz al-Zahabi in his “Syer al-Nubala’,: Abu Mas'ud al-Razi compiled (Musnad Abu Dawud) for Yunus Ibn Habib”, and the same claim was supported by Ibn Hajjar who said in Al-Mu'ajam Al-Mofahras, no. 481: “Musnad Abu Dawud Ibn Sulayman Ibn Dawud al-Tilaisi includes a collection of hadiths reported by Yunus ibn Habib from Abu Dawud and compiled by some people from Isphahan. So we can find some narrations for Younus Ibn Habib from scholars other than Abu Dawud al-Tilaisi.