Registration is open for The Islamic Manuscript Association’s thirteenth annual English-language Introduction to Islamic Codicology organized in partnership with Cambridge University Library, the University of Cambridge’s HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Centre of Islamic Studies, and the Thesaurus Islamicus Foundation.
This intensive five-day course will introduce the study of Islamic manuscript codices as physical objects, or the archaeology of the Islamic book. The lectures will provide an overview of writing supports, the structure of quires, ruling and page layout, bookbinding, ornamentation, tools and materials used in book making, the palaeography of book hands, and writing Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) manuscript descriptions. During hands-on sessions, participants will examine Islamic manuscripts from Cambridge University Library’s collections and complete a series of practical exercises on codicological description.
The course will be taught by Professor François Déroche, holder of the Chair of History of the Qur’an, Text and Transmission at the Collège de France; Professor Nuria de Castilla, Professor of the Codicology and History of the Manuscript Book in the Islamicate World at the École Pratique des Hautes Études; and Ms Yasmin Faghihi, head of Near and Middle Eastern Department at Cambridge University Library.
The HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Centre of Islamic Studies is offering a scholarship covering the entirety of the course fees for a Muslim heritage professional or researcher residing and working in the Muslim world.
Additionally, we have three fellowships available for University of Cambridge faculty, staff, and students.