The article retraces the history and provides a description of the five main public collections of Arabic-script manuscripts in the city of Kazan: (1) the Oriental Section in the Department of Manuscripts and Rare Books of the Scientific Library in the State University of Kazan, (2) the Department of Manuscripts and Textology in the ‘A. Ibrahimoff Institute of Language, Literature and Arts in the Academy of Sciences of Tatarstan, (3) the National Archive of the Republic of Tatarstan, (4) the State United Museum of the Republic of Tatarstan, (5) the National Library of the Republic of Tatarstan.  The last paragraphs provide elements for the history of Arabic calligraphy in the Middle Volga region.  As it is often the case in publications of this category, few interest is shown either in the respective composition of the private collections before their acquisition by such or such public insitution, or in the utilisations that used to be made of them by their private collectors, especially during the Soviet period (things that would have been very interesting to know, for instance, as for the collection of the Marjani Friday Mosque of Kazan until the “transfer” of a part of it in the 1970s).

Stéphane A. Dudoignon, National Centre for Scientific Research, Paris
CER: I-1.1.B-12