This page provides basic guidance for users of the Islamic Heritage Project web site. Please consult the Scope page for an overview of the selection processes and digitization practices used in IHP. If you have additional questions about the collection or its contents, please Contact the staff of the Islamic Studies Program or the Open Collections Program.

Usage policies are stated on the Permissions page.

Browser Compatibility

The Islamic Heritage Project site has been designed and tested for Internet Explorer 7.xx and Firefox 2.xx, with Javascript enabled. Older versions of these browsers and/or other browsers may not display contents correctly.

Site Navigation

Works in the Islamic Heritage Project collection are presented in three distinct categories for browsing: published materials, manuscripts, and maps.

Note that the navigation bar at the footer of each page includes links to IHP’s Contact/Comments form, and the IHP Contributors page.


The Catalog Search form allows the user to submit queries either in English or Arabic script to search across of the hundreds of catalog records in the IHP virtual collection. See the Virtual Collections User Guide for more information about this application.

Languages and Character Encoding

Catalog records for digitized texts and manuscripts written in Arabic script will, in most cases, contain author and title information in both transliterated and Arabic scripts.

Both the Arabic script and transliterated text require browser support for UTF-8 and the appropriate fonts. All pages on the Islamic Heritage Project site utilize UTF-8 encoding. Users with Internet Explorer 6.0 are advised to upgrade to Internet Explorer 7 if possible or install the Arabic Language Pack for Windows XP.

Access to Digitized Materials

All items in the IHP collection are freely accessible by anyone with an Internet connection. Each catalog record contains a persistent link to the digitized text, manuscript, or map.

Viewing and Navigating a Text

Clicking on the link to view a multi-page digitized text or manuscript launches the Harvard University Library’s Page Delivery Service in a separate browser window (or tab). For more information on viewing, navigating, and printing from this application, see the PDS User Guide.

Page Delivery Service/No Content Displayed

If a followed link for a digitized manuscript or text opens the Page Delivery Service with an empty content frame, it is likely that your network connection is configured to block Internet port 8080. (This port allows large files to transfer more quickly, and some organizations block this port to prevent the access of large Internet files via their systems.) Ask your systems administrator if port 8080 is blocked, and whether he or she will enable it. If this is not feasible, try accessing the same files from a workstation on a different network.

Downloading and Printing Digitized Materials

To download pages or portions of pages (e.g., images), use the "Save" feature available in your web browser. To print pages of a digitized document from the Page Delivery Service, click the "Printable Version" menu item. You will then be given the option of generating a temporary PDF document of a single page, a specified page sequence, or of the entire document. Problems with this function, or questions pertaining to PDS Print, should be directed to


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