Dr Alphonse Mingana, Collector and Curator
Edward Cadbury, Philanthropist and Benefactor
Prince Hassan of Jordan viewing the Mingana Collection
This collection presents digital facsimiles of 71 manuscripts from the Mingana Collection, in 13209 images.
The Mingana Collection contains more than 3000 manuscripts in at least eleven languages, ranging from around the 6th to the 20th centuries. The collection is focused on manuscripts from the Middle East in Arabic, Syriac, Persian and Greek and has particular strengths in illustrated manuscripts, and early Islamic and Syraic materials (including one of the oldest Qur'ans in existence).
The core of the collection was acquired by Alphonse Mingana (1878-1937) in three trips to the Middle East between 1925 and 1929, with substantial support from Edward Cadbury. The Edward Cadbury Charitable Trust Inc. has continued to provide support for the maintenance and development of the collection, now housed in the University of Birmingham Department of Special Collections.
Islamic Arabic (29)
Christian Arabic (7)