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.


Papyrology is one of the most important branches of manuscript studies (in addition to codicology and diplomatics). This is because writing on papyrus is an ancient practice that was being used in ancient Egypt and other parts of the world, even until the early Muslim conquests. Very specific methods were followed in order to prepare and print on papyrus, depending on their intended purpose, and the printing was performed using red or black ink.

Papyrus manuscripts can be classified into multiple branches – scientific, literary, political, and personal. Moreover, the study of papyrology gained more attention, particularly, after the advancement of deciphering ancient texts by specialized scientists. Not only are these scientists experts in interpreting ancient texts, but they also are capable of utilizing modern instruments that help them determine the authenticity of each piece as well as measure its approximate age. These advancements are of great importance because they document life events that occurred during the ancient times. They also provide vital information in all fields of study that can benefit us nowadays – jurisdiction, politics, administration, social science, economy, and others.

The study of Arabic papyrology is still in its early development stages. This is because only a small portion out of hundreds of thousands of reported papyrus pieces has been found. One of these pieces that has been found is the book of “Al-Jami’ Fi Al-Hadith”, by the Imam Abdullah Bin Wahab Bin Muslim Al-Fahri (197 Hijri).

This study will investigate the book of “Al-Jami’ Fi Al-Hadith” in detail and all of its components that have been scattered across various libraries. It also aims to initiate a movement that focuses on the exploration and preservation of the Hadith heritage, which has been kept within many and different types of manuscripts, made of papyrus. Hopefully, this work will also open the doors to new findings in this field of study and becomes its corner stone.

In addition to the novelty of this topic, its importance lies in the rarity of these ancient Hadith scripts. Our method of writing will be in the form of descriptive analysis augmented by relevant pictorial illustrations and documentations