Books

Iran

1928 Iran Penal Code (English)
قانون مجازات اسلامي در نظم حقوقي كنوني – دكتر عباس زراعت (Iran Penal Code Commentary, Farsi)

Libya

1953 Libyan Penal Code (English)
1954 Libyan Civil Code (English)
شرح القانون الجنائي الليبي – محمد رمضان باره (Sharh al-Qanun al-Jina’i al-Libi)
القانون الجنائي الليبي – محمد رمضان باره (Al-Qanun al-Jina’i al-Libi)

Morocco

Moroccan Penal Code Commentary (French) – Adolf Ruolt
القانون الجنائي في شروح (Al-Qanun al-Jina’i fi Shuruh)

Criminal Law History

محاضرات في الفقه الجنائي الاسلامي – محمد بهجت عتيبة (Muhadarat fi al-Fiqh al-Jina’i al-Islami)
اصول قانون العقوبات في الدول العربية – محمود محمود مصطفى (Usul Qanun al-Uqubat fi al-Duwal al-Arabiyya)
محاضرات في التشريع الجنائي في الدول العربية – توفيق محمد الشاوي (Muhadarat fi al-Tashri al-Jina’i fi al-Duwal al-Arabiyya)

Hanafi Fiqh (مكتبة الفقه الحنفي)

عيون المسائل في فروع الحنفية – أبي الليث السمرقندي (Uyun al-Masa’il fi Furu al-Hanafiyyah)
الفقه النافع – ناصر الدين السمرقندي (Al-Fiqh al-Nafi)
الفروق في الفروع – اسعد بن محمد الكرابيسي (Al-Furuq fi al-Furu)
خزانة الفقه – أبي الليث السمرقندي (Khizanat al-Fiqh)
الملتقط في الفتاوى الحنفية – ناصر الدين السمرقندي (Al-Multaqat fi al-Fatawa al-Hanafiyyah)
مختلف الرواية – أبي الليث السمرقندي (Mukhtalaf al-Riwayah)
الحاوي القدسي – جمال الدين أحمد بن محمود الغزنوي (Al-Hawi al-Qudsi)
الفتاوى الولوالجية – عبد الرشيد الولوالجي (Al-Fatawa al-Walwaljiyah)
الفتاوى السراجية – سراج الدين علي بن عثمان الحنفي (Al-Fatawa al-Sirajiyya)
شرح الوقاية – عبيد الله بن مسعود المحبوبي الحنفي (Sharh al-Wiqayah)
فتاوى النوازل – أبي الليث السمرقندي (Fatawa al-Nawazil)
الموسوعة الفقهية المقارنة (التجريد) – أحمد بن محمد القدوري (Al-Tajrid)
كتاب التجنيس والمزيد – المرغيناني (Al-Tajnis wa al-Mazid)
نكت المسائل المحذوف منه عيون الدلائل – إبراهيم بن علي الفيروزآبادي الشيرازي (Nukat al-Masa’il)
شرح مختصر الطحاوي – الجصاص (Sharh Mukhtasar al-Tahawi)
ابن عابدين وأثره في الفقه الإسلامي – محمد عبد اللطيف صالح فرفور (Ibn Abidin wa Atharahu fi al-Fiqh al-Islami)

Literature

حول الحرية – جون ستيوارت ميل (On Liberty, John Stuart Mill)

This page contains links to rare books that I have scanned.

Most of the books here cannot be purchased, and are only available at a few libraries around the world. They are of either historical value, or modern pertinence. Or, they have been cited in academic works. The difficulty of access, combined with the ability to share material on the Internet, makes it a moral imperative to digitally preserve them.

To learn more about “do-it-yourself” book scanning, please visit here.

However, many of these books were scanned with an iPhone. A well-lit room and steady hand produces acceptable results, especially for text-centric legal books where content preservation is more important than aesthetics. While an iPhone works very well, a point-and-shoot with high-ISO capability and focus confirmation is often more convenient (and minimizes the need to take more than one photo of each page).

Procedure:

1. Lay the book on a flat surface and start at the beginning (it is not necessary, but putting a piece of plexiglass over the pages serves to reduce curvature from the binding).
2. Take a vertical photo of a single page (holding the edges down to flatten if necessary, if no plexiglass available).
3. Take two photos of each page to ensure you have a shake-free photo.
4. Continue with left and right pages until finished.
5. Upload to your computer and select the best photo of each page, and add them to a separate folder.
6. Use ScanTailor to produce new, text-isolated copies of the photos.
7. Merge the new images into a PDF.

On my first try, 60 pages took me less than 40 minutes from the first photo, until PDF creation. And now, knowledge once available to only a few people can be eternally preserved for all.

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