The collection covers a wide period, with manuscripts dating from the 12th to the
20th century C.E. One of the earliest works is SOAS, no. 83, a copy dated
Dhu'l-Qa`da 585/December-January 1189-90 of al-Fiqh al-nafi`
by al-Samarqandi (d. 556/1161). Another 12th century work, Husam al-Din al-Bukhari's
al-Fara'id al-Husamiyah (SOAS, no. 70), dates from the same month. The 18th and
19th centuries are particularly well represented, not only by works belonging to the legal
canon of the period - like Abu Hanifa's Al-fiqh al-akbar,
the Fatawa Qadikhan, and al-Halabi's Multaqa al-abhur (Mingana, nos. 181, 204, and 1074, resp.)
- but also by treatises reflecting the legal debates of the period, like works on the permissibility
of smoking, and drinking coffee (Mingana, nos. 1072, 1075, 1077).
This IDC publication includes several titles not listed by Brockelmann or other bibliographical
sources. These works are thus of great importance for research. For many other titles only single or
very few other manuscripts are known, which makes them valuable for textual criticism and critical editions.
The collection covers all four major Schools of Law, and also includes manuscripts on the usul al-fiqh
and collections of fatwas.