Manuscripts in Arabic Script: Introduction to Codicology (Online Short Course)

12 May '22 at 11:00 am - 13 May '22 at 3:00 pm

This online course aims to introduce key concepts in the field of Arabic manuscripts and codicology. It is designed to attract participants who want to learn basic knowledge about Arabic manuscripts.

The first day will provide an overview of the field of codicology and its role in the manuscript field in general and in identifying key features of manuscripts in particular.

The second session will be dedicated to writing supports, the structure of quires, ruling and page layout, bookbinding, ornamentation, tools and materials used in bookmaking, and the palaeography of book hands. Some practical examples will be given based on the lecturers’ long experiences.

The second day will focus on the importance of manuscripts in research. While the first session will cover the paratextual features in the Arabic manuscripts, the second session will demonstrate the different approaches in editing manuscripts.

Course Convenors:

Dr Walid Ghali, Dr Anne Regourd and Dr Eléonore Cellard .


Online via Zoom

Aga Khan University's Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations​, Aga Khan Centre, 10 Handyside Street


Aga Khan University’s Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations

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