Introduction To Arabic Manuscript Studies

Introduction to Arabic Manuscript Studies

Summer 2024 Arabic Manuscript 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.

  • Format

    The 2024 course will be taught remotely, and all classes will be held on Zoom.
  • Course level

    Introductory level
  • Course length

    Two weeks
  • Dates

    June 10 to 21, 2024
  • Course size

    15 maximum, 9 minimum
  • Eligibility

    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.
  • Application deadline

    March 1, 2024
  • Cost

    $275 (U.S.)
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Course overview

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 from the HMML collection.

Faculty for 2024

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

Application deadline

  • March 1, 2024

Application submission

  • Letter of no more than one page explaining why the study of Arabic manuscripts is important to your research, teaching, or educational program.
  • Current curriculum vitae.


  • Send all materials as email attachments to
  • Include “2024 Introduction to Arabic Manuscript Studies” in the subject line.

Notification of acceptance

  • Successful applicants will be notified by March 29, 2024
  • Students accepting a place in the course will need to notify HMML by April 12, 2024.
  • All remaining applicants will be waitlisted for any possible openings.
  • Full payment of the course fee is due by May 10, 2024. Details for payment will be supplied to the successful applicants.


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