M-85b. Introduction to Islamic Manuscripts (10 hours) - Advance Reading List

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  • General Cultural Orientation

    Bloom, Jonathan and Sheila Blair. Islam: A Thousand Years of Faith and Power. New York: TV Books, 2000.

    Cook, Michael. The Koran: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000.

    Lapidus, Ira M. A History of Islamic Societies. 3rd ed. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014. Just read what you need. 

    Robinson, Neal. Islam: A Concise Introduction. Richmond, UK: Curzon Press, 1999.

    Wright, Elaine. Islam: Faith, Art, Culture. London: Scala Publishers, 2009.

  • Islamic Book Culture

    Atiyeh, George N., ed., The Book in the Islamic World: The Written Word and Communication in the Middle East. Albany: SUNY Press, 1995. See especially Franz Rosenthal, “‘Of Making Many Books There is no End’: The Classical Muslim View,” 33–55.

    Bloom, Jonathan and Sheila Blair. Islamic Arts. London; New York: Phaidon Press, 1997. Chapters 2, 6, and 10.

    “Islamic art. III. Arts of the book.” Dictionary of Art 16 (2009): 271–359.  

    Divided into specific sections for calligraphy, painted decoration, painted illustration, &c. Sections are also reprinted in alphabetical order in The Grove Encyclopedia of Islamic Art and Architecture, Jonathan M. Bloom and Sheila S. Blair, eds. 3 vols. See: “Book, arts of the” and “Bookbinding.”  

    Gruber, Christine J., ed. The Islamic Manuscript Tradition: Ten Centuries of Book Arts in Indiana University Collections. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 2010. Chapter 1.

    Hirschler, Konrad. The Written Word in the Medieval Arabic Lands: A Social and Cultural 

    History of Reading Practices. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2012. Chapter 1 and Conclusion especially.

    Roper, Geoffrey. “The History of the Book in the Muslim World,” in Oxford Companion to the Book, edited by Michael Suarez and H.R. Woudhuysen, Section 38. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010. Reprinted in The Book: A Global History, edited by Michael Suarez and H.R. Woudhuysen. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.

  • Islamic Manuscripts: Codicology, Materials and Techniques

    Bloom, Jonathan. Paper Before Print: The History and Impact of Paper in the Islamic WorldNew York: Yale University Press, 2001. 

    Bosch, Gulnar, John Carswell, and Guy Petherbridge. Islamic Bindings and Bookmaking. Chicago: Oriental Institute, 1981. See pages 1–84 for an overview of manuscript production. Download here: https://oi.uchicago.edu/research/publications/islamic-studies

    Deroche, François, ed. Islamic Codicology: An Introduction to the Study of Manuscripts in Arabic Script. London: Al-Furqan Islamic Heritage Foundation, 2006.

    Ekhtiar, Maryam D. How to Read Islamic Calligraphy. New York: The MET, 2018.

    Gacek, Adam. Arabic Manuscripts: A Vademecum for Readers. Leiden: Brill, 2009. Useful guide to own.

  • Online Resources

    Manuscripts of the Muslim World project:

    Islamicate Manuscripts in the Free Library of Philadelphia, the University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University and other Philadelphia area repositories, cataloged and digitized. http://openn.library.upenn.edu/html/muslimworld_contents.html

    Islamic Manuscript Basics:
    Site using the MMW collection to introduce Islamic manuscript studies. https://kislakcenter.github.io/islamicmss/

    Mouse and Manuscript:

    University of Leiden micro-lessons on specific qualities of Islamicate manuscripts.
    https://mouse.digitalscholarship.nl/

    Glossary Terms for Islamic Manuscripts:
    A useful guide to terminology for talking about Islamicate manuscripts, especially binding and materials.
    https://www.islamicmanuscriptconservation.org/terminology.html

    Digital Ottoman Studies
    Site that collections digital resources for working on Ottoman Studies.
    https://www.digitalottomanstudies.com/

    University of Michigan Library Research Guides: Islamic Manuscript Studies 

    An invaluable resource, including listings of collections of Islamic manuscripts around the world, collections and catalogues online, and bibliography.
    http://guides.lib.umich.edu/islamicmsstudies