Webinar series: pre-modern Islamic manuscripts

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).

For recordings of past lectures please visit

22 September 2021, 5 pm
Prof. Shahzad Bashir | Brown University, USA
“Apocalyptic Hermeneutics in a Manuscript of Ḥurūfī Literature”
Recording (mp4 file)

13 October 2021, 5 pm
Prof. Javad Abassi | Ferdawsi University in Mashhad, IR Iran
The significance of unpublished parts of pre-modern Histories of Iran: the case of the Jāmiʿ al-tawārīkh Ḥasanī

17 November 2021, 5 pm
Dr. Joep Lameer | Independent researcher
On the value of written evidence: the preamble of Naṣīr al-Dīn Ṭūsī’s (672/1274) Awṣāf al-ashrāf

15 December 2021, 5 pm
Dr. Francesca Leoni | Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, UK
Jalayirid Book Patronage and the Dissemination of Occultist Knowledge: The Case of Abū Ma‘shar’s Kitāb al-mawālīd

23 February 2022, 5 pm
Dr. Hadel Jarada | Institute of Iranian Studies, ÖAW, Austria
Islamic Intellectual History during the Mamluk-Ilkhan War: The Case of Marāgha and Its Manuscript Culture

16 March 2022, 5 pm
Dr. Stefanie Brinkmann | Saxony Academy of Sciences, Leipzig, Germany
Tracing a forgotten tradition: Commentaries written on al-Baghawī’s post-canonical hadith collection Maṣābīḥ al-sunna

13 April 2022, 5 pm
Dr. Akram Khabibullaev | Indiana University, USA
Muḥammad Pārsā’s (d. 1420) library: History and overview of the collection

11 May 2022, 5 pm
Dr. Nourane Ben Azzouna | Université de Strasbourg, France