An Introduction to Arabic Manuscripts

An Introduction to Arabic Manuscripts

Kitāb al-Diryāq, Bibliothèque nationale de France, MS Arabe 5847, f. 37r

A free, intensive online workshop featuring leading authorities on the study of Arabic manuscripts.

Monday, August 23, 2021 to Friday, August 27, 2021


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This week-long workshop features leading authorities on the study of Arabic manuscripts. The workshop will equip emerging scholars with the basic tools to conduct research with original handwritten texts in Arabic script.

Over the course of five days, participants will learn the basics of codicology, palaeography, and manuscript production and circulation, in the context of an expansive vision of current debates in Arabic manuscript research.

Topics include:

  • anatomy of the codex
  • canonical and informal scripts
  • colophons, audition notes, owners' notes, readers' notes
  • digital collections
  • ethics and best practices
  • scribes and other craftspeople
  • strategies for decipherment
  • supports, bindings
  • technical terminology
  • transmission practices and patterns

Enrollment is free of charge. Full participation is by application only. Others may observe via webinar.

Application deadline is 22 April 2021. Apply at https://ucla.in/3cpTpu2 (All applicants welcome, regardless of home institution; priority will be given to PhD students and untenured scholars with compelling need to use Arabic manuscripts in their research.)

Co-sponsored by Princeton and UCLA, which house the two largest repositories of Islamicate manuscripts in North America.

Organizers: Marina Rustow (Princeton) and Luke Yarbrough (UCLA)

Schedule

MONDAY 23 AUGUST | OVERVIEW
7-9am PDT / 10am-12pm EDT  Evyn Kropf | Introduction to Arabic Manuscripts: Overview, Terms, Methods, Special Challenges
10am-12pm PDT / 1-3pm EDT  Nur Sobers-Khan | Manuscripts Remote and Digital: What to do with Digital Manuscripts?
 
TUESDAY 24 AUGUST | MATERIALITY
7-9am PDT / 10am-12pm EDT  Nuria de Castilla | The Importance of Codicology: Manuscript Production, Support & Bindings
10am-12pm PDT / 1-3pm EDT  François Déroche | Codicological Structures: Pages & Quires
 
WEDNESDAY 25 AUGUST | TRANSMISSION
7-9am PDT / 10am-12pm EDT  Konrad Hirschler | Transmission of Arabic Manuscripts: Production & Usage Contexts, Transmissions/Ownership Notes & Readers’ Notes
10am-12pm PDT / 1-3pm EDT  Kristina Richardson | Formal & Informal Copies: Commissioned, Personal, Ordinary & User-Produced Manuscripts
 
THURSDAY 26 AUGUST | TEXT
7-9am PDT / 10am-12pm EDT  Alain George | Scripts & Styles: Canonical Scripts, Informal Scripts & Limit-Cases
10am-12pm PDT / 1-3pm EDT  Naïm Vanthieghem | Paleography & Documentary Hands: Strategies & Resources for Decipherment
 
FRIDAY 27 AUGUST | KEYNOTE
7am PDT / 10am EDT  Jan Just Witkam | From Codicology to the History of the Islamic Book

 


For more information contact: cnes@international.ucla.edu

Sponsor(s): Center for Near Eastern Studies, Islamic Studies, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Manuscript, Rare Book and Archive Studies Initiative at Princeton; Department of Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University; Firestone Library, Princeton University; UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library