One of the significant features of ISMI is the ability to link metadata and data with manuscript images.

Unfortunately, not all images in the ISMI database can be made public, due to ownership rights (which are different from copyright). On the other hand, a number of far-sighted libraries are making images of their rare books and manuscripts available online using the IIIF image standard.

One of our goals is to link our data and metadata, whenever possible, with these images. And thanks to an agreement between ISMI, the MPIWG, and the Staatsbibliothek Berlin, about one hundred codices are currently available on the ISMI website. To view these, simply navigate to the codex. An example is Ms. or. oct. 2970. For an example of an open access codex from the Qatar Digital Library, navigate to British Library IO Islamic 923. A complete list of digitalized codices can be found in <DIGITALIZATIONS> under <BROWSE>.

For the time being, <CODICES> only list works that were composed prior to ca. 1350 CE.

If you know of any digitalized codices that are publicly available using the IIIF image standard, please let us know at