I feel like a challenge. So I’ve just emailed the Biblioteca Apostolica (or Vatican Library to you and me) and asked how I can get a print-off of some pages from one of their Arabic mss — Vat. ar. 158 (1357 AD), ff. 148r-157v. — containing the unpublished Explanation of the Nicene Creed by Abu al’Majd. That’s 18 bits of paper. I can’t see how that should cost more than a few dollars, even with postage. I’d prefer them to produce a PDF and email it, of course.
Their web page seems claustrophobic with talk of ‘rights’ and ‘fees’. It will be interesting to see how this enquiry is treated; as a chance to promote scholarship, or an opportunity to screw the stranger. Let’s hope the former!