Convenor: Project team "Nomads' Manuscripts Landscape"

This webinar series explores the role of manuscripts as part of the FWF START project NomansLand and is designed to address the history of Iran and Central Asia seen from the prism of manuscript production and circulation. We are particularly interested in the ways in which manuscripts can alert us to previously under explored aspects of the cultural, intellectual, and political heritage of this region, especially with respect to the relationship between nomadic rulers and the sedentary elite of Ilkhanid Iran and Central Asia.

Six lectures have been scheduled throughout the academic year 2023–2024.
They are free of charge, but registration will be required and registration will be announced for each lecture.

17 October 2023, 5 pm
Collation Culture in Pre-Modern Islam: The Manuscript Tradition of Ibn Abī Uṣaybiʿa’s ʿUyūn al-Anbāʾ fī Ṭabaqāt al-Aṭibbāʾ
Dr. Ignacio Sánchez | Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha
Recording Sanchez (

21 November 2023, 6.15 pm - please note different starting time!
Visualising Persian History: the illustration of Persian manuscript histories
Hybrid lecture organized together with the Department of Art History  Vienna University
Prof. Charles Melville | University of Cambridge - BIPS
Recording Melville (

13 February 2024, 5 pm
An Unidentified Princely Edition of the tārīkh-i vaṣṣāf
Dr. Shiva Mihan | Washington University in St. Louis
Recording Mihan (

12 March 2024, 5 pm
The Samāʿ and Futuwwa in Ilkhanid Erzincan: Contextualizing the Multiple Compilation, MS Ayasofya 2049
Dr. Sara Nur Yıldız | METU, Ankara
Recording Yıldız (

16 April 2024, 5 pm
Persian Inshāʾ from Khurasan to Anatolia: A Glimpse through the Mar‘ashī Manuscript 11136
Dr. David Durand-Guédy | University of Hamburg
Recording Durand-Guédy (


For past lectures from the academic years 2021-22, including abstracts and recordings, please see

For past lectures from the academic years 2022-23, including abstracts and recordings, please see