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

    The 2021 course will be taught remotely, and all classes will be held on Zoom. Introductory Manuscript courses will return to an on-campus, in-person program in 2022.
  • Course level

    Introductory level
  • Course length

    Two weeks
  • Dates

    May 31, 2021 - June 11, 2021
  • Course size

    15 maximum, 9 minimum students
  • Eligibility

    Open to all individuals with a basic understanding of the classical Arabic language and a professional and scholarly interest in manuscripts
  • Registration

    Application deadline: March 19, 2021
  • Costs

    $250 (U.S.)

Course overview

  • Sessions are held Monday- Friday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. CT.
  • Introduce students to the study of Arabic manuscripts in their 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 2021

  • Guest faculty: Dr. Lucia Raggetti, Assistant Professor for the History of Islamic Science, University of Bologna, Italy.

Application deadline

  • March 19, 2021.

Application submission

  • Letter of no more than one page.
  • Updated curriculum vitae.


  • Send all materials as email attachments to
  • Add “Introduction to Arabic Manuscript Studies” in the subject line.

Notification of acceptance

  • Successful applicants will be notified by April 1, 2021 with an acceptance deadline of April 9, 2021.
  • All remaining applicants will be waitlisted for any possible openings.
  • Full payment of the course fee is due by May 1, 2021. Details for payment will be supplied to the successful applicants.


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