The Institute of Iranian studies of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, in collaboration with the University of Vienna and Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, has created a database to collect all Persian and Arabic manuscripts related to the Ilkhanate to the early the Timurid Empire. The purpose of this project is to provide new sources of information to expand the studies of this period of Iranian history. Since there are conflicting views about this period of Iranian history (from the destruction of Iran's scientific-cultural heritage to cultural-artistic flourishing), collecting thousands of manuscripts related to this period from different libraries in Iran and the world can provide a more accurate perspective and assessment of developments in this critical period of Iranian history. Within the framework of this project, hundreds of manuscripts have been identified so far, including the collection of manuscripts available at Ferdowsi University of Mashhad (Faculty of Theology, Faculty of Literature and Humanities), and work is continuing on manuscripts available in other libraries in Iran and other countries. It is expected that after the completion of the project, new information resources with free access will be provided to researchers of this period of Iranian history.
It should be noted that last year a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Ferdowsi University of Mashhad and the Institute of Iranian studies of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, and Dr. Javad Abbasi, a retired faculty member of Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, is cooperating with this project as a consultant.
See more information on the Institute of Iranian studies of the Austrian Academy of Sciences website.