The 2022 class is done. Check back soon for updated information about our 2023 offerings.
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.
The 2022 course will be taught remotely, and all classes will be held on Zoom.
June 13 to 24, 2022
15 maximum, 9 minimum
Open to all individuals with a basic understanding of the classical Arabic language and a professional and scholarly interest in manuscripts. Beginner-level students will receive preference in the application process.
March 1, 2022
Sessions are held Monday–Friday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. CT, a total of 20 instructional hours. The course will:
Introduce students to the study of Arabic manuscripts in historical, cultural, and material dimensions.
Provide basic introduction to paleography, codicology, and philological practices, with a special focus on the application of these skills in a digital context.
Engage with a wide range of scholarly reference tools for the study of Arabic manuscripts.
Introduce students to a diversity of Arabic manuscript traditions from West Africa and the Middle East, both Islamic and Christian.
By the end of the course, students will be able to contribute to the scholarly description of a previously uncataloged manuscript of their choice from the HMML collection.
Faculty for 2022
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. Ali Diakite, Cataloger of West African Manuscripts; Dr. Josh Mugler, Curator of Islamic Manuscripts; and Dr. Paul Naylor, Cataloger of West African Manuscripts.
March 1, 2022 (The application period is now closed)
Letter of no more than one page explaining why the study of Arabic manuscripts is important to your research, teaching, or educational program.