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Introduction to Islamic Codicology Short Course

7-11 September 2015, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK

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The Islamic Manuscript Association, together with the Thesaurus Islamicus Foundation, Cambridge University Library, the HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Centre of Islamic Studies and the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Cambridge, announces the ninth annual Intensive Introduction to Islamic Codicology course, which will be held from 7-11 September 2015 at the University of Cambridge.

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. Participants may choose to register for hands-on sessions during which they will examine Islamic manuscripts from Cambridge University Library and complete a series of practical exercises on manuscript description.

The course will be led by Professor François Déroche, holder of the Chair of History of the Qur’an, Text and Transmission at the Collège de France, one of the leading scholars of Islamic codicology and palaeography, and author of the book Islamic Codicology: An Introduction to the Study of Manuscripts in Arabic ScriptDuring the hands-on component, Professor Déroche will be assisted by Dr Nuria Martínez de Castilla Muñoz, Lecturer at Complutense University in Madrid.

Please note that the course does not require any knowledge of Arabic, Persian, Turkish, or other languages spoken in the Muslim World, and is suitable for art historians, bookbinders, codicologists, conservators, curators, and anyone else working with Islamic manuscripts.

The full course, including lectures and hands-on sessions, is limited to twelve persons for conservation and security reasons. There is no attendance limit for the lectures. All instruction will be in English.

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