IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 1006: Books and Book Collections in the Medieval Middle East

Wednesday 6 July 2016, 09.00-10.30

Organiser:Torsten Wollina, Orient-Institut Beirut
Moderator/Chair:Hugh Kennedy, Department of the Languages & Cultures of the Near & Middle East, School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London
Paper 1006-aTextual Transmission among Circulating Communities: The Different Travels of Arabic Manuscripts across the Western Indian Ocean
(Language: English)
Christopher Bahl, Department of History, School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London
Christopher Bahl, Department of History, School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London
Index terms: Islamic and Arabic Studies, Literacy and Orality
Paper 1006-bBuilding Up a Family's Library in Late Medieval Syria
(Language: English)
Konrad Hirschler, Department of History, School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London
Konrad Hirschler, Department of History, School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London
Index terms: Islamic and Arabic Studies, Literacy and Orality
Paper 1006-cA Public Act?: Writing and Trading Books in Late Medieval Syria
(Language: English)
Torsten Wollina, Orient-Institut Beirut
Torsten Wollina, Orient-Institut Beirut
Index terms: Islamic and Arabic Studies, Literacy and Orality, Social History
Abstract

This panel is dedicated to the examination of the significance of books as material artefacts in the premodern Arab World. We propose the following themes: books as objects (of status, luxury items, collectables); practices of the book (reading versus reciting, note-taking, collecting or endowing books, majmū’a compilation); or the book’s cultural significance (as sources or transmitters of knowledge and authority).