Transcriber of manuscripts from town of Jajce

  • Osman Lavić, mr.
Keywords: Jajce, Islamski rukopisi, prepisivači


Some historians characterized the fall of the town of Jajce under Ottoman rule as “all from its peak to oblivion”. That this statement has to be corrected is evident from the rich transcribers activities related to the town of Jajce from the beginning of 17th century. Transcribers were among others, pupils, mulas, imams of this town by transcribing works in Arabic, Turkish, and Persian languages stated their relations to Jajce by their origin or their services in Jajce. Regardless of their profession, transcribers always stated their attachment to the town of Jajce and indicated it by Yayčawi.

In this work we trace the transcribers’ activities in Jajce or by residents over the cause of two and a half centuries (1623-1861) when Ibrahim Imamović transcribed his sixth copy of the Mushaf. The transcribers’ activity in this town as well as in other places was in line with the needs of cultural and educational institutions and the level of their developments. Details mentioned here are just a small part of those activities. Transcribers often didn’t mention their names as well as information about place and time of the transcription of the manuscripts due to their humility and other reasons. Also, many of the manuscripts were destroyed, lost or until now still unknown to the public. In spite of this, the number of manuscripts that were transcribed in the Jajce castle or nearby jamat is not small. So in the period from 1623 to the 1861, according to available sources to as, there were transcribed twenty five works, out of which is eighteen in Arabic and seven in Turkish language. Transcribed manuscripts by subject is: eight works from fikh, five lexicography, four tefsir, two aqaid and literature and one in ethic, history and cosmography. Out of these mentioned works ten is transcribed in castle of Jajce.

How to Cite
Lavić, O. (2008). Transcriber of manuscripts from town of Jajce. Anali Gazi Husrev-Begove Biblioteke, 15(27-28), 145-162. Retrieved from