Introduction to Arabic Manuscript Studies

Introduction to Arabic Manuscript Studies

HMML Summer Manuscript Studies Course

Introduction to Arabic Manuscript Studies

For graduate students, advanced undergraduates, faculty, and independent scholars with a research interest in Arabic manuscripts. The program welcomes international applicants, but does not sponsor J visas.

  • Location

    HMML, on the campus of Saint John’s University (SJU), Collegeville, MN
  • Course level

    Introduction to Arabic Manuscript Studies
  • Course length

    Five days
  • Dates

    May 31, 2021 - June 4, 2021
  • Course size

    Up to 15
  • Eligibility

    Open to all individuals with a basic understanding of Arabic language
  • Registration

    April 1, 2021 deadline
  • Costs

    See below

Course overview

  • Introduce participants to the study and handling of Arabic manuscripts
  • Provide basic introduction to paleography, codicology, and philological practices
  • Engage with printed and digital scholarly tools for the study of Arabic manuscripts (e.g., catalogs, handlists, inventories, dedicated handbooks, online resources)
  • Introduce participants to a range of Arabic manuscripts from West Africa and the Middle East, both Islamic and Christian


Requires knowledge of Arabic language

Faculty for 2021

Guest faculty: Dr. Lucia Raggetti, Assistant Professor for the History of Islamic Science, University of Bologna, Italy
HMML staff: Dr. David Calabro, Curator of Eastern Christian Manuscripts; Dr. Josh Mugler, Curator of Islamic Manuscripts; Dr. Ali Diakite, Cataloger of West African Manuscripts


  • Course only: $530
  • Course + housing (no meal plan): $710
  • Course + meals (no housing): $760
  • Course + housing + meals: $940
  • Travel costs and any required international Visas are the sole responsibility of the student

Application Process

Details coming in January 2021


Contact: Tim Ternes, Director of Programming,

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