A Survey on the Concordance of Itimad-assaltanih and Other Information Retrieval Tools in a Copy of Koran Dated 1313 Lunar Hegira (1892 A.D.)

By Mortaza Kokabi.

Published by The International Journal of the Book

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Retrieving information as precise and fast as possible is the great objective of all librarians. To achieve that, some tools have been developed of which indexes are an example. Indexes that have now found new sophisticated forms thanks to computers, were developed in eastern library and bibliographic tradition influenced by Islam due to the high importance of Koran among Islamic societies. Concordances are examples of such indexes that have been utilized for so many years. This paper studies the concordance as well as some other tables said to belong to Itimad-Assaltanih, Minister of Culture and Arts in the reign of Nasser-Addin shah of Qajar dynasty, the Iranian royal family who ruled Iran from 1794 to 1925, in a copy of lithographic Koran published in 1313 lunar hegira (1892 A.D.). The concordance, originally a translation of Jules La Baume’s index to Koran, was expanded and complete by a 720-item alphabetic preface. The paper also aims to show where interest and importance have been the basis, as has been for Koran; sophisticated retrieving tools have been developed when nobody could even think of modern available sophisticated technologies. Some photos of the different parts of the concordance are provided.

Keywords: Koran, Concordance, Itimad-assaltanih

International Journal of the Book, Volume 8, Issue 3, pp.129-146. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 12.283MB).

Prof. Mortaza Kokabi

Senior Lecturer, Department of Library and Information Science, Shaheed Chamran University, Ahwaz, Khuzestan, Iran (Islamic Republic of)

Mortaza Kokabi is a professor in the dept. of library and information science in, the School of Education and Psychology, Shaheed Chamran University, Ahwaz, Iran. He is the author and translator of more than ninety articles some of which are in English, and has supervised more than 35 M. Lib. dissertations.

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