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Introduction to Islamicate Manuscripts
Presented by Kelly Tuttle, PhD
University of Pennsylvania Libraries
Friday, October 25, 1pm-4pm

Vitale II Media Lab (Rm 623), Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books, and Manuscripts
Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, University of Pennsylvania Libraries, 6th floor

Several PACSCL repositories hold Islamicate manuscripts. With the ongoing Manuscripts of the Muslim World project, some of these collections are being cataloged for the first time. This means that students, faculty, and outside researchers will hopefully become more aware of the Islamicate manuscript holdings in each repository and may wish to use them.

To help librarians become more familiar with traditional manuscript culture from the Islamicate world, the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies is offering an introduction to Islamicate manuscript culture for librarians. This afternoon workshop will introduce the traditional layouts, hands, bindings, papers, and production techniques of Islamicate manuscripts.

We will also discuss some of the broad areas in which scholars may be particularly interested with regard to the manuscript holdings.

Manuscripts of the Muslim World is supported by a grant from the Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives initiative of the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). The initiative is generously funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Follow MMW on Twitter at https://twitter.com/MmwProject 

Image, above: Free Library of Philadelphia Lewis O 58 Shāhʹnāmah. / شاه‌نامه , fol. 179v, fol. 180r