Date: September 17-21, 2018
Venue: Cambridge University Library, Cambridge, UK
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—held its twelfth annual Cambridge-based Introduction to Islamic Codicology course, which was held from 17 to 21 September 2018.
This intensive five-day course introduced the study of Islamic manuscript codices as physical objects, or the archaeology of the Islamic book. Daily illustrated lectures provided an overview of writing supports, the structure of quires, ruling and page layout, bookbinding, ornamentation, tools and materials used in book making, and the palaeography of book hands.
The course was taught by Professor François Déroche, holder of the Chair of History of the Qur’an, Text and Transmission at the Collège de France, and Professor Nuria de Castilla, Professor of the Codicology and History of the Manuscript Book in the Islamicate World, École Pratique des Hautes Études, both leading scholars of Islamic codicology and palaeography.