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Manuscripts in Arabic Script: Introduction to Codicology

By: Holly Johnson | posted on: Aug 14, 2020

Date(s) - 08/14/2020
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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£50 – £80 USD
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Aga Khan University Institute For The Study Of Muslim Civilisations

Manuscripts in Arabic Script: Introduction to Codicology
Arabic Script

Introductory short course on manuscripts in Arabic script.

About this Event

This online course (2 days) aims to introduce Arabic manuscripts from a codicological and textual point of view. The first day will provide an overview of the field of codicology and its role in the manuscript field in general and in identifying the key features of the manuscript 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 paleography of book hands. The second day will focus on the importance of manuscripts in research. While the first session will cover the Para-textual features in the Arabic manuscripts, the second session will demonstrate the different approaches in editing manuscripts.

This introductory course is intended for students, researchers, and librarians who are working in the field of manuscript studies. In the two-days course, a wide range of aspects will be covered for those who are acquiring basic knowledge in this field.

Learning outcomes:

– Basic understanding of the field of manuscript studies in general.

– Identify the role of manuscripts in knowledge production in different areas of studies in Muslim cultures.

Length of course: 2 days (4 lectures)

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Course Convenor:

Dr Walid Ghali is the Head of the Aga Khan Library, London, Assistant Professor at the Aga Khan University’s Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations and a Chartered Librarian of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP). Also, he is a member of the Islamic Manuscript Association, University of Cambridge.

Dr Ghali received his PhD from Cairo University, Faculty of Arts in 2012. His current research projects focus on the Islamic manuscript traditions, particularly in Arabic script, and the history of books. Dr Ghali teaches Sufism, Arabic literature and manuscript traditions.

Before moving to London, Dr Ghali worked in various librarian roles at the American University in Cairo. He has also held several consultancy roles in and outside Egypt, such as the Ministry of Endowment, Qatar University and the Supreme Council for Culture in Kuwait.

Tickets: £50 per day, £80 two days

*The course will be delivered via Zoom and further details will be provided later upon registration. For any questions about the course, please contact

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