M-85. Introduction to Islamic Manuscripts - Advance Reading List
General Cultural Orientation
All readings on this list are optional. They will give you some background if you feel you need it before we begin the class.
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: OUP, 2000. Particularly 3 & 4.
Internet Islamic History Sourcebook https://sourcebooks.fordham.edu/islam/islamsbook.asp
Lapidus, Ira M. A History of Islamic Societies. 3rd ed. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014.
Robinson, Neal. Islam: A Concise Introduction. Richmond (UK): Curzon Press, 1999.
Wright, Elaine. Islam: Faith, Art, Culture. London: Scala Publishers. 2009.
Schmidtke, Sabine, Islamic Manuscript Traditions. Institute for Advanced Studies, 2019. https://www.ias.edu/ideas/islamic-manuscript-traditions
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 pp. 33-55: Franz Rosenthal, “‘Of Making Many Books There is No End’: The Classical Muslim View.”
Bloom, Jonathan, and Sheila Blair. Islamic Arts. London: Phaidon Press Ltd., 1997. Chapters 2, 6, and 10.’
Dictionary of Art. 16: “Islamic Art. III. Arts of the Book” (pages 271-359).
Divided into specific sections for calligraphy, painted decoration, painted illustration, etc. Sections reprinted in alphabetical order in Jonathan M. Bloom and Sheila S. Blair, eds., The Grove Encyclopedia of Islamic Art and Architecture. 3 vols. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009. 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: EUP, 2012. Chapter 1 and Conclusion.
Islamic Manuscripts: Codicology , Materials and Techniques
Bloom, Jonathan. Paper Before Print: The History and Impact of Paper in the Islamic World. New York: Yale University Press, 2001.
Bosch, Gulnar, et al. 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. [Handbook]
Manuscripts of the Muslim World project:
Islamic 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
University of Michigan Library Research Guides: Islamic Manuscript Studies http://guides.lib.umich.edu/islamicmsstudies An invaluable resource, including listings of collections of Islamic manuscripts in North American, collections and catalogues online, and bibliography