Date: Thursday, 10 September 2015, (Registration required)Venue: Thomas Gray Room, Pembroke College Cambridge, Trumpington St, Cambridge, UK Most of what we know about the libraries which flourished in the Mediaeval Islamic world is based on literary accounts since the collections themselves almost completely disappeared.They have been largely understood as their Western equivalents although the place of the written word in the Islamic tradition should induce us to approach their history with more care.
These groups usually do not mingle, and live in separate villages or in separate neighborhoods where a particular family predominates.
For example, the Circassians in Israel are the descendants of people who came from the Caucasus to serve as officers in the Ottoman army.
A lecture by Charles Stewart, Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Visiting Scholar at Northwestern University's Institute for the Study of Islamic Thought in Africa.
Date: Tuesday, 17 November, 5pm (Registration required) Venue: Nihon Room, Pembroke College Cambridge, Trumpington St, Cambridge, UK Deciphering Medieval Libraries of the Islamic World A lecture by Professor Francois Déroche, Chair in the History of the Qur'an, Text and Transmission at the Collège de France in Paris.
Kochi, or Cochin as it used to be called, is one of the most unique destinations in Asia.
Thanks to its history as Kerala’s port city, people from all over the world – from China to Portugal to the Middle East – have passed through Kochi and left their cultural imprint.
There is actually some evidence left which could help us to understand better the libraries of the Mediaeval Islamic world and to decipher their functions. Stories about the Reasons Why Printing Was Introduced so Late in the Muslim World A lecture by Prof Jan Just Witkam, professor emeritus of codicology and palaeography of the Islamic world at the University of Leiden and editor-in-chief of The Islamic Manuscript Association’s Journal of Islamic Manuscripts.
Date: Wednesday, August 5, 2015, (Registration required)Venue: Bender Room, Fifth Floor, Bing Wing, Green Library, Stanford University, California, USA Places will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. The first time that a book in Arabic script was printed by Muslims in an Islamic country was in the year 1727, more than two-and-a-half century after the first Western book that was printed with movable type. Historians and others have asked why this could happen, as if history can provide answers. Are some of their ideas phantasies rather than reality?
The Israeli Christian Aramaic Summer Camp began last Thursday under the auspices of the Israeli Aramaic Christian Association (ICAA) in the Galilee town of Kfar Baram.