Conservation and restoration of the Gazi Husrev-bey’s Library manuscripts - challenges and perspectives

  • Ruhulah Hodžić
Keywords: oriental manuscripts, conservation, restoration, challenges, perspectives


n this paper, we address the issue of conservation and restoration of oriental manuscripts33 stored in the Gaza Husrev-bey’s Library in Sarajevo.
Based on the example of the restoration of oriental manuscripts of the Gazi Husrev-bey’s Library, the paper will attempt to present a methodological fra-mework for the conservation and restoration of oriental manuscripts, present some of the most common problems and challenges, and finally offer some perspectives on more effective protection of manuscripts. The conservation and restoration of oriental manuscripts is a specific area in the restoration of written heritage and library material, which arises from the specificity of he materials used and the methods applied in creation of such manuscripts.
In the restoration of oriental manuscripts, in addition to the basic problems relating to all written heritage, i.e. library material, we also encounter several problems that are inherently more common in this type of material.
In the first part of the paper we will present the results of the manuscript conservation and restoration project of the Department of Conservation and Restoration of the Gazi Husrev-bey’s Library. In the second part of the paper, based on the results of previous manuscript protection projects, we will pre-sent the problems and challenges we encountered during the implementation of the manuscript protection project - their conservation and restoration.
Based on the manuscripts that have been processed over the past three years, the Gazi Husrev-bey’s Library’s Department of Conservation and Restoration particularly emphasizes the problems of water solubility of ink and damage to the binding in the form of missing parts or complete covers.
Finally, we will outline possible perspectives towards more effective and professional protection of oriental manuscripts.