The Eleventh Islamic Manuscript Conference: Sufisme and Islamic Manuscript Culture — 13-15/09/2016

Sufis have written litanies, panegyrics, didactic works in verse and prose, hagiographies, discourses, exegetical works, and metaphysical treatises made into manuscripts both humble and lavish. Sufi lodges have housed libraries and manuscript ateliers, and Sufi networks have disseminated manuscripts across the Muslim World. Organised in partnership with the Thesaurus Islamicus Foundation and the University of Cambridge’s HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Centre of Islamic Studies, this conference will present current international research trends on the relationship between Sufism and Islamic manuscript culture and generate discussion and study in this field.

Alongside poster presentations and a book and arts exhibit, the conference will feature three free workshops:

  • Exploring Painted Works: The Islamic Painted Page Database will be presented by Stephen Serpell, founder of the Islamic Painted Page;
  • An Introduction to TEI for Islamic Manuscript Descriptions by Yasmin Faghihi, head of the Near and Middle Eastern Department, Cambridge University Library, and Co-Chair, FIHRIST board, and Huw Jones, Digital Content Specialist, Cambridge University Library;
  • and Customizing Imaging Supports with Cliff Cheney, Head of Imaging, Thesaurus Islamicus Foundation & Dar Al Kutub Manuscript Project, Cairo.




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