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Arabic codicology: The Islamic Manuscript Heritage in the El Escorial Collection -  3 to 7 July 2017

The course Arabic Codicology: the Islamic Manuscript Heritage in the El Escorial Collection, co-organised by Al-Furqan Islamic Heritage Foundation and the Complutense Universiy, aims to provide the students with the basic codicological knowledge and the research procedures they will need when studying and analyzing Arabic manuscripts, as well as at providing them with a familiarity with the libraries of the Arabic Islamic world in Medieval and Modern times, more especially that which belonged to the Moroccan sultan Muley Zaydân. In order to make sure that the training is comprehensive and effective, the course programme has been designed in such a way that the students can apply step by step the knowledge they acquire and develop their analytical abilities with the manuscripts.

The Royal Library of the El Escorial monastery houses the most important collection of Arabic manuscripts in Spain, one of the most interesting ones in Europe. The location where the Complutense University summer courses take place is, thanks to its closeness to the library, particularly valuable as far as the aims of this course are concerned since practical training will be organized there, thanks to the collaboration which has been set up with the library.

The course will be taught by the specialists of Arabic manuscripts,François Déroche and Nuria Martínez de Castilla Muñoz (also director of the course).

The course provides a global overview of the field, thus proving a groundbreaking programme in the frame of Arabic codicological studies, mainly due to its practical approach and to the quality and diversity of the examples which will be examined during the course. It intends to answer the growing interest among scholars and professionals -like librarians, archivists, restorers, art historians, as well as researchers, university students and bibliophiles- with the international stance required by Arabic codicological studies.

The hands-on sessions imply that the number of students cannot exceed 16 persons. For this reason, a short CV and a motivation letter explaining the interest in the course are required; they will be taken into account during the selection process. The course will be given in English in its entirety. Students have thus to be proficient in this language in order to successfully attend the course.

Monday, 3rd July

10.30 h. Nuria Martínez de Castilla Muñoz
Complutense University of Madrid José Luis del Valle. Director of the Real Biblioteca del Monasterio de El Escorial
The Real Biblioteca del Monasterio de El Escorial and its manuscript collections
11.15 h. Break
11.45 h. Nuria Martínez de Castilla Muñoz
About the importance of the Codicological studies
12.15 h. François Déroche.Collège de France. Paris
Writing surfaces: parchment and paper.
16.00 h. Karima Benaicha.Al-Furqan Islamic Heritage Foundation. London
Al-Furqan Digital Library Portal: World Islamic manuscript collections, catalogues and written heritage resources.
16.30 h. Nuria Martínez de Castilla Muñoz and François Déroche
Writing surfaces II: Western paper

Tuesday, 4th July

09.30 h. Nuria Martínez de CastillaMuñoz
The basis of Codex Composition
11.30 h. Break
12.00 h. François Déroche
Inks and lay-out
16.00 h. Round-table: How to observe and describe an Arabic manuscript?
Speakers: Nuria Martínez de Castilla Muñoz and François Déroche

Wednesday, 5th July

09.30 h. François Déroche
Arabic paleography
11.30 h. Break
12.00 h. François Déroche
Decoration of manuscripts
16.00 h. Round-table:Towards a History of the Arabic manuscript
Speakers: Nuria Martínez de Castilla Muñoz and François Déroche

Thursday, 6th July

09.30 h. Nuria Martínez de Castilla MuñozandFrançois Déroche
Arabic Bindings
11.30 h. Break
12.00 h. François Déroche
Notes and Colophons
16.00 h. Round-table: Bookbinders at work
Speakers: François Déroche and Nuria Martínez de Castilla Muñoz

Friday, 7th July

10.00 h. François Déroche
History of Manuscripts
12.30 h. Closing session and diploma delivery

Please send a motivation letter and a one-page CV to mss.arabicscript@gmail.com before 30th April 2017.

The 2017 tuition fees of the course are:

- 220 €
- 170 € for students, unemployed and retired people who can provide an evidence of their status.

Accomodation and maintenance are responsability of each student. The Complutense Foundation will grant a number of scholarships covering the accommodation and maintenance in the Summer Course venues. The grant-holder students have to pay only the tuition fees.

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