As salaamu alaykum.
What are the names of some of the most important, famous, or large libraries in the Muslim world? I am particularly interested in knowing the names of those libraries or repositories of books, be they in Masjids or in private residences, that house hand written manuscripts or copies of rare books.
I read somewhere that there are about 3 million manuscripts written about Islamic subjects that are scattered throughout the world, many of them being the only copy of the work still in existence. If i'm not mistaken, about 1.3 million of those manuscripts are said to be in Egypt, but only about 40,000+ are said to be housed at Al-Azhar. I am quite curious about as to where else some of these manuscripts could be. I am quite confident that many of them can be found in some of the older, larger, more famous libraries and book respositories of the Muslim world, hence my asking for their names.
If anyone has info regarding the issues that I've raised above, please share it.