The Shangoda Collections from Dagestan

Middle Eastern Manuscripts

Middle Eastern Manuscripts Online 4: The Shangoda Collections from Dagestan

150 manuscripts that form the collection of Rafi’ Shamghudi (1863-1932), a famous scholar and bibliophile from Shangoda, a town in central Dagestan.

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The collection, which consists of texts in Arabic and Persian, includes copies from the Timurid period.

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“The Middle Eastern Manuscripts Online 4 includes the 150 manuscripts and a small number of printed works that form the collection of Rafi’ Shamghudi (1863-1932), a famous scholar and bibliophile from Shangoda, a town in central Dagestan.

The private collection was gathered by several generations of scholars from the Shamghudi family. Rafi’ Shamghudi inherited them and added further texts on his travels to Mecca, Yemen, and Egypt.

When rumours of Shamghudi’s arrest reached his hometown, scholars decided to hide the library in the basement of the local Friday mosque. The library remained hidden throughout the Soviet period and was recovered only in July 2001.

The collection, with texts in Arabic and Persian, includes copies from the Timurid period.”

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