Cambridge University Library's collection of Islamic
manuscripts dates from the origins of Arabic scholarship in
Cambridge in the 1630s when the University founded a Professorship
in Arabic and William Bedwell donated a Qur'an to the Library.
that time the collection has grown in size and diversity to over
5,000 works, including the collections of Thomas Erpenius,
J.L.Burckhardt, E.H.Palmer and E.G. Browne. These manuscripts shed
light on many aspects of the Islamic world, its beliefs and