Webinar series: pre-modern Islamic manuscripts 2021-22

Convenor: Project team "Nomads' Manuscripts Landscape"

This is the first Webinar series organised by the NoMansLand research project (FWF Y 1232) dedicated to the study of Islamic manuscripts in pre-modern Iran and Central Asia. The project aims to reconstruct aspects of the production, circulation and consumption of written knowledge during the Mongol and early Timurid periods in Iran and Central. The webinar series presents eight lectures to this effect by world-leading scholars, each delving into different aspects of manuscript studies. It aims to promote research on handwritten material and explore its potential impact on the study of this region during the 13th – 15th centuries. The webinar endeavors to raise awareness of the historical value that surviving codices from the Mongol period have in shaping our understanding of Central Asian and Iranian cultural history. The lectures have been scheduled throughout the academic year 2021-2022. They are free of charge, but registration will be required (registration will be announced for each lecture).


22 September 2021, 5 pm
Apocalyptic Hermeneutics in a Manuscript of Ḥurūfī Literature
Prof. Shahzad Bashir | Brown University, USA
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13 October 2021, 5 pm
The significance of unpublished parts of pre-modern Histories of Iran: the case of the Jāmiʿ al-tawārīkh Ḥasanī.
Prof. Javad Abassi | Ferdawsi University in Mashhad, IR Iran
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17 November 2021, 5 pm
On the value of written evidence: the preamble of Naṣīr al-Dīn Ṭūsī’s (672/1274) Awṣāf al-ashrāf
Dr. Joep Lameer | Independent researcher
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15 December 2021, 5 pm
Jalayirid Book Patronage and the Dissemination of Occultist Knowledge: The Case of Abū Maʻshar’s Kitāb al-mawālīd
Dr. Francesca Leoni | Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, UK

23 February 2022, 5 pm
Islamic Intellectual History during the Mamluk-Ilkhan War: The Case of Marāgha and Its Manuscript Culture
Dr. Hadel Jarada | Institute of Iranian Studies, ÖAW, Austria
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16 March 2022, 5 pm
Tracing a forgotten tradition: Commentaries written on al-Baghawī’s post-canonical hadith collection Maṣābīḥ al-sunna
Dr. Stefanie Brinkmann | Saxony Academy of Sciences, Leipzig, Germany
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13 April 2022, 5 pm
Muḥammad Pārsā’s (d. 1420) library: History and overview of the collection
Dr. Akram Khabibullaev | Indiana University, USA
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11 May 2022, 5 pm
Wandering artists, manuscripts and paintings: the circulation of pictorial models in Iran: state of the question and new perspectives
Dr. Nourane Ben Azzouna | Université de Strasbourg, France