The Islamic Manuscript Association Lecture Series
Of Arabs and Greeks: The Origins of Islamic Calligraphy
2-2.50pm, 9 November 2013, AV room, Gas Hall, Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery, Birmingham, UK
Given by Dr Alain George, Senior Lecturer, Islamic Art, University of Edinburgh, UK
This lecture forms part of a study afternoon hosted by Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery in conjunction with their new exhibition Qalam: the art of beautiful writing, open from 2 November 2013 until 26 January 2014.
Further information about the lecture and exhibition is available here
Reading Course in Aljamiado Manuscripts: Spanish Translations in the Late Muslim Iberian Peninsula
Mondays, 5.30 to 7.00 pm, from 7 October 2013, Droz Library, Warburg Institute, London, UK. Participation is free
Association member Dr Nuria Martínez de Castilla Muñoz leads a new reading course on Aljamiado texts found in manuscripts copied by the Moriscos in the 16th-17th century and written in Spanish in Arabic script.
For more information please see here
The Tenth Islamic Manuscript Conference
Manuscripts and Conflict
31 August-2 September 2014, Magdalene College, University of Cambridge
The Islamic Manuscript Association is pleased to announce that the Tenth Islamic Manuscript Conference will be held at Magdalene College, University of Cambridge, from 31 August to 2 September 2014.
The Conference will be hosted in cooperation with the Thesaurus Islamicus Foundation and the HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Centre of Islamic Studies, University of Cambridge.
The Call for Papers and Abstract Cover Sheet are available here.
Advance notice: Intensive Introduction to Islamic Codicology Course
15-19 September 2014, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
Taught by Professor François Déroche
This intensive five-day course will introduce the study of Islamic manuscript codices as physical objects. Daily illustrated 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, and the paleography of book hands. During hands-on sessions participants will examine Islamic manuscripts from Cambridge University Library and complete a series of practical exercises on manuscript description.
Further announcements will be made in early 2014.