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Cambridge Qur’an Seminar
The Elton-Bowring Room, The Gillespie Centre, Clare College, Cambridge
16 May 2014

The Association is very excited to be supporting the inaugural meeting of the Cambridge Qur’an Seminar, which will present the University of Cambridge Islamic Manuscripts Collection in its wider codicological and historical context, while showcasing the distinctive features of particular manuscripts. The seminar is designed to highlight the wider relevance of the Cambridge Qur’ān Collection for philologists, art historians and historians of Middle Eastern culture. More information can be found here.
Interested parties should contact CQS@ames.cam.ac.uk for further information, and to register.

Exploring Arabic Manuscripts: Scholars, Scribes, and Readers
An Intensive Five-Day Course in Arabic Manuscript Studies

23-27 June 2014 – Manchester University, Manchester, UK

The Islamic Manuscript Association, in cooperation with The University of Manchester Library, the John Rylands Research Institute and the Thesaurus Islamicus Foundation, is pleased to announce an advanced course in Islamic Manuscript Studies.

This intensive five-day course is intended for researchers, librarians, art historians, curators, and anyone else working with Islamic manuscripts. As an advanced course, it is particularly aimed at those who have some experience in Islamic Codicology or Manuscript Studies. The course will focus on Arabic-language manuscripts from various regions, including historical Turkey, Iran and India.

For more information about the course, please click 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 IS NOW CLOSED.

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.