The Sharjah International Book Fair opens the opportunity for its visitors to view and read rare Arabic and Islamic manuscripts dating back hundreds of years, some of which are presented for the first time in the Middle East, and others dating back to the seventh century AH. The Catholic University of the Sacred Heart and the Italian Ambrosiana Library, coinciding with the selection of Italy as the guest of honor for the 41st edition of the exhibition, which will start on November 2

The manuscripts on display include some extracts from the Noble Qur’an that were copied during the 15th and 16th centuries, which is a mixture of engraved, gilded and simple pages, and “Al-Dur al-Mandoudh fi Aajaib al-woujoud” which is a manuscript on cosmology, copied in the 12th century AH, along with a number of texts. Illustrations, a set of architectural drawings related to the content of a scientific manuscript. The exhibition also contains the manuscript “Rawdat Al-Albab, Tuhfat Al-Ahbab, and Elite Al-Ahsab to Know the Genealogy” and includes the Prophet’s family tree “Manuscript on Genealogy”, As well as a set of diagrams and drawings of the tree. A manuscript will be displayed containing a part of Firuzabadi's book "Al Qamoos Al Mohit", one of the most famous dictionaries of the Arabic language that was copied in 828 AH, and "Kashf al-woujouh al sabee kiraat The Seven Readings" by Makki bin Abi Talib al-Qaisi, a manuscript on the sciences of the Qur'an dating back to the year 678 AH / 1279 AD, and it is considered one of the oldest manuscripts in the exhibition, along with a brief manuscript entitled “Misbah al-Mutajahid” by Muhammad ibn al-Hasan al-Tusi, written in 1051 AH.

The exhibition also provides an opportunity for visitors to view the book “History of the Arabs under the Caliphs” published in 1753 by the author François Augier de Marigny, and the book “The New World Book on Pharmacology” by Antonio de Sgopes, published in Venice in 1667, which includes recipes Preparation of pharmaceutical drugs, and ideas from the Arab medical heritage influenced by the Greek physician Galen

The exhibition includes a book by the famous historian Herodotus, printed in 1733 under the title "Historical Exploits of the Greeks and Barbarians Through the Life of Homer", and includes 10 engraved maps and extended margins of explanations.