Islamic manuscripts and bindings as a window on East-West relations | University of Oxford

Islamic manuscripts and bindings as a window on East-West relations

Speaker
Dr Karin Scheper - Conservation Specialist, Leiden University Library and Bahari Visiting Fellow at the Bodleian Libraries
Event date
Event time
12:00 - 12:45
Venue
Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford
OX1 3BG
Venue details

Weston Library lecture theatre, main entrance on Broad Street

Event type
Lectures and seminars
Event cost
Free
Disabled access?
Yes
Booking required
Recommended

The making, use and trade of manuscripts was an important part of Islamic culture, and the technical developments highly influenced the making of books in the west from the later medieval period onward. When dominance of powers shifted, the perception of the Islamic manuscript tradition also changed. While intricately embellished bindings continued to receive attention, the majority of manuscripts were usually not studied as artefacts. Yet there is much to be learned from the methods and materials used to make these objects, and the traces of use that history left in them.