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The Islamic Manuscript Association organises short courses to offer much-needed training to persons working with Islamic manuscripts. These courses on such topics as codicology, the palaeography of early Qur'anic scripts, managing the library and museum environment, disaster planning and management, and planning and managing digitisation projects are led by international experts. The Association has partnered with numerous institutions on its courses, including the University of Cambridge, the University of Hamburg's Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures, the Turkish Ministry of Culture's Public Authority for Manuscripts, al-Azhar al-Sharif, Stanford University, the British Library, the University of Manchester, the Mesrop Mashtots Institute of Ancient Manuscripts, and the American University of Beirut.

Upcoming Course in Cambridge, England:
Introduction to Islamic Codicology

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Monday, 23 September–Friday, 27 September 2019
Cambridge University Library
Cambridge, England

The Islamic Manuscript Association—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—announces its thirteenth annual Cambridge-based Introduction to Islamic Codicology course, which will be held from 23 to 27 September 2019.

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, Professor Nuria de Castilla, and Ms Yasmin Faghihi.

All instruction will be in English.

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