Zukunftsphilologie Winter Academy: World Scripts

27 August 2015

This Winter Academy will explore, from a comparative and global perspective, the vocabularies and typologies of writing in various philological traditions and the role of script as a technology in the production, diffusion, archiving and exchange of knowledge. Hosted at the University of Cape Town, the Winter Academy will focus on the experience of writing and the technologies of script on the African continent, and will especially explore comparative cases and entangled histories that connect Africa to the Arabophone world, the Mediterranean region and through the Indian Ocean to South and Southeast Asia.

Islamic Manuscript Collections in Conflict Zones

27 August 2015

The Islamic Manuscript Association in partnership with the Royal United Services Institute is pleased to announce a short course entitled Islamic Manuscript Collections in Conflict Zones: Safeguarding Written Heritage, which will be hosted by the Royal United Services Institute at its premises in Whitehall, London on 5–7 October 2015.

‘Oldest’ Koran fragments found in Birmingham University

23 July 2015

What may be the world’s oldest fragments of the Koran have been found by the University of Birmingham. Radiocarbon dating found the manuscript to be at least 1,370 years old, making it among the earliest in existence. The pages of the Muslim holy text had remained unrecognised in the university library for almost a century.

Street artist eL Seed mixes Arabic with graffiti

3 June 2015

eL Seed is a street artist born in Paris to Tunisian parents.

He did not learn to read or write Arabic until his late teens, but when he did his renewed interest in his heritage had a profound effect on his art.

eL Seed now paints in a style he calls “calligraffiti” - blending the ancient art form of calligraphy with contemporary graffiti.

Medicine’s Hidden Roots in an Ancient Manuscript

3 June 2015

The first time Grigory Kessel held the ancient manuscript, its animal-hide pages more than 1,000 years old, it seemed oddly familiar.

A Syriac scholar at Philipps University in Marburg, Germany, Dr. Kessel was sitting in the library of the manuscript’s owner, a wealthy collector of rare scientific material in Baltimore.