Webinar series: pre-modern Islamic manuscripts 2022-23

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.

Eight lectures have been scheduled throughout the academic year 2022–2023.
They are free of charge, but registration will be required and registration will be announced for each lecture.


27 September 2022, 5 pm
Astrology in Mongol Iran: foreign fascination or popular pastime?         
Dr. Stefan Kamola | Institute of Iranian Studies, ÖAW, Austria
Recording_Kamola (mp4 file)

11 October 2022, 5 pm
Oriental Manuscripts in the Saadian Collection
Dr. Lbachir Tahali | Agadir University, Morocco
Dr. Motia Zouihal | Collège de France, France
Recording_Tahali-Zouihal (MP4 file)     

15 November 2022, 5 pm
Improvised Forms: Body, Text, and Diagram in Saʿd al-Dīn Ḥamūya's (d. 1252) Sajanjal al-arwāḥ
Dr. Cyril Uy | James Madison University, USA
Recording_Uy (MP4 file)

6 December 2022, 5 pm
The Second Formation of Islamic Law in Premodern Transoxiana: Evidences of Manuscripts
Dr. Lola Dodkhudoeva | Tajikistan Academy of Sciences, Tajikistan

7 February 2023, 5 pm
Preaching Christianity in the Muslim Ilkhanate: On the manuscripts of Persian Bibles from Fourteenth Century Tabriz
Prof. Andrew Peacock | University of St. Andrews, United Kingdom
Recording_peacock (MP4 file)

14 March 2023, 5 pm
Astronomy in the Ilkhanate: The Early Manuscript Tradition of al-Ṭūsī's Taḥrīr al-Majisṭī
Nadine Löhr, MA | Saxon Academy of Sciences, Germany
Recording_Loehr (mp4 file)

11 April 2023, 5 pm
Strange Times in the City of Herat: Peculiarity as Historiographical Methodology in a Medieval Islamic Manuscript
Dr. Tanvir Ahmed | Institute of Iranian Studies, ÖAW, Austria
Recording_Ahmed (mp4 file)


For past lectures from the academic year 2021-22, including abstracts and recordings, please see https://www.oeaw.ac.at/ifi/veranstaltungen/event-details/pre-modern-islamic-manuscripts-2021-22