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Lecture Series: Why Did They Not Print Their Books? Stories about the Reasons Why Printing Was Introduced so Late in the Muslim World, 5 August 2015, Stanford University, California, USA

An evening lecture presented by Professor Jan Just Witkam, professor Emeritus of Codicology and Palaeography of the Islamic World at the University of Leiden and Editor-in-Chief of the Association's Journal of Islamic Manuscripts. This event is open to the public and free of charge. Read more →

Annual General Meeting, 24 August 2015, King's College London, London, UK

This year’s annual general meeting will take place at the Great Hall, Strand Campus, King's College London on Monday, 24 August 2015 following a half-day symposium on the palaeography of Arabic scripts organised in collaboration with the Classics Department of King's College London. We will be holding elections for two new members of the board of directors, as Mr David Hirsch and Prof. Jan Just Witkam will have finished their terms. Read more →

New Course: Introduction to Islamic Codicology, 3–7 August 2015, Stanford University, Stanford, California, USA

This intensive five-day course will introduce the study of Islamic manuscript codices as physical objects, or the archaeology of the Islamic book; and is intended for art historians, bookbinders, codicologists, conservators, curators, and anyone else working with or studying Islamic manuscripts.

It will be taught by Professor Jan Just Witkam, Professor Emeritus of Codicology and Palaeography of the Islamic World at the University of Leiden and Editor-in-Chief of the Association's Journal of Islamic Manuscripts.  Read more →

New Course: Introduction to Islamic Codicology, 7–11 September 2015, Cambridge University Library, Cambridge, UK

This intensive five-day course will introduce the study of Islamic manuscript codices as physical objects, or the archaeology of the Islamic book. 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.

It will be led by Professor François Déroche, holder of the Chair of the History of the Qur’an, Text and Transmission at the Collège de France and author of the book Islamic Codicology: An Introduction to the Study of Manuscripts in Arabic Script. Read more →

New Course: Islamic Manuscript Collections in Conflict Zones: Safeguarding Written Heritage, 5–7 October 2015, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK

This course will introduce the concepts and mechanisms that underpin cultural property protection in the present day and educate participants in best practices of managing, protecting, and preserving manuscript collections at risk. It is intended for academics, policy makers, cultural experts, lawyers and military experts, and will also be of interest to conservators, librarians, art historians, and other researchers working with Islamic manuscripts and written heritage in conflict areas. Read more →

A Barakat Trust Scholarship is available for the full course. For details and to apply, see here.