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At a Glance
Manuscripts, typescripts, manuscript notes, and typescript notes with some related correspondence reflecting Jeffery's research and writing on the vocabulary and history of the text of the Qu'ran. There are also materials on Islam, pre-Islamic Arabia, Semitic religions and languages, Christianity, the Eastern Churches, the Bible, the Dead Sea Scrolls, Gnosticism, general religion, and theology.
Using the Collection
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Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Arthur Jeffery papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
Source of acquisition--Jeffery, Mrs. Arthur. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--1959. Accession number--M-59.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 07/--/89.
2008-12-02 File created.
2009/01/15 xml document instance created by Patrick Lawlor
2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.
History / Biographical Note
Arthur Jeffery (1892-1959) was Professor of Semitic languages at Columbia University from 1938 until his death. His professional life was spent conducting historical studies of Middle Eastern manuscripts. Jeffrey is perhaps best know for his books Materials for the history of the text of the Qur'an: the old codices and The Foreign Vocabulary of the Qur'an, which traces the origins of 318 foreign (non-Arabic) words found in the Qur'an. Some of Jeffery's studies are included in The Origins of The Koran: Classic Essays on Islam's Holy Book, edited by Ibn Warraq.