Babylonian Medicine

Freie Universität Berlin

Dr. Sara Fani, Univ. Copenhagen: On Arabic Bookbinding

Dr. Sara Fani, University of Copenhagen


Arabic Medieval Manuals between Technical and Literary Approach

Thursday, 16 June 2016
Room 2.2063, Fabeckstraße 23-25, 14195 Berlin
6 p.m. c.t.

Among the sources for the codicological studies, the textual sources related to the craft of the book assume a particular importance. Since the very first centuries of Islam, in fact, Muslim writers have included in their works chapters or sections related to the material aspect of the book and to the arts functional to its production. In particular the works presented in this contribution are related to the art of bookbinding (XI-XVII cent.) and to the production of inks (IX-XIII cent.), covering a wide area of the Islamic world.

The lecture will mainly focus on the Arabic manuals on the production of inks and will exemplify the methodology of study and the approach described above, while, during the workshop, the Arabic sources on bookbinding will be presented and followed in their procedural descriptions for the production of an Islamic binding model.




Arabic Bookbinding Workshop

Friday, 17 June 2016
JK 30/209, Habelschwerdter Allee 45, 14195 Berlin
10 a.m.

The particular consideration devoted to books in the Muslim world, is something proverbial and found its main explanation in the assumption according to which the Word of God, after a first phase of oral transmission, required to be fixed in a written form; the written medium soon took the shape of the codex, first for the manuscript copies of the Qurʼān, and then for all the sciences and subjects of knowledge.

In the last decades, the study of the physical aspects of the book and of their historical stratification, that is the science of codicology, has acquired the status of autonomous science also in Arab-Islamic context and, as in other cultural environments, reveals to be extremely interesting not only for the contribution to other disciplines related to textual transmission, but also as a new perspective of research in the history of science and technology and for the definition of appropriate conservative interventions on original material.

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