LINGUIST List 26.2008

Wed Apr 15 2015

Summer Schools: Arabic Codicology: The Islamic Handwritten Tradition and its Reception in the El Escorial Collection / Madrid, Spain

Editor for this issue: Ashley Parker <>

Date: 15-Apr-2015
From: Maria Gomez Lain <>
Subject: Arabic Codicology: The Islamic Handwritten Tradition and its Reception in the El Escorial Collection / Madrid, Spain
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Arabic Codicology: The Islamic Handwritten Tradition and its Reception in the El Escorial Collection / Madrid, Spain

Host Institution: Universidad Complutense de Madrid

Dates: 20-Jul-2015 - 24-Jul-2015
Location: San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Madrid, Spain

Focus: The course aims to provide students with the basic codicological knowledge and the research procedures they will need when studying and analyzing Arabic manuscripts, as well as at providing them with a familiarity with the libraries of the Arabic Islamic world in Medieval and Modern times, more especially that which belonged to the Moroccan sultan Muley Zaydân. In order to make sure that the training is comprehensive and effective, the course programme has been designed in such a way that the students can apply step by step the knowledge they acquire and develop their analytical abilities with the manuscripts.

Minimum Education Level: Undergraduate

Special Qualifications:
The course will be given in English in its entirety. Students have thus to be proficient in this language in order to successfully attend the course.

The course, co-organised by Al-Furqan Foundation and the Complutense University, and directed by Nuria Martínez-de-Castilla, will be taught by specialists of Arabic manuscripts, among them two of the foremost experts in
this field, François Déroche and Adam Gacek, who will meet again to deliver a course of this kind.

The Royal Library of the El Escorial monastery houses the most important collection of Arabic manuscripts in Spain, one of the most interesting ones in Europe. The location where the Complutense University summer courses take
place is, thanks to its closeness to the library, particularly valuable as far as the aims of this course are concerned since practical training will be organized there, thanks to the collaboration which has been set up with the library.

The course provides a global overview of the field, thus proving a groundbreaking programme in the frame of Arabic codicological studies, mainly due to its practical approach and to the quality and diversity of the examples
which will be examined during the course. It intends to answer the growing interest among scholars and professionals, like librarians, archivists, restorers, art historians, as well as researchers, university students and bibliophiles- with the international stance required by Arabic codicological studies.

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics

Tuition: 215 EUR

Tuition Explanation: Fees:

- regular: 215 EUR
- students, retired and unemployed people providing documentation supporting their status: 168 EUR

- resident students status (including full-board accommodation in single rooms and registration in the course): 522 EUR
- discount fees are available for students, unemployed or retired people: 475 EUR

Financial Aid:
Grants are available for resident students.

Registration: 13-Apr-2015 to 18-May-2015

Contact Person: Maria Gomez Lain

Registration Instructions:
The hands-on sessions imply that the number of students cannot exceed 16 persons. For this reason, a short CV and a motivation letter explaining the interest in the course are required; they will be taken into account during the selection process.

Pre-registration is compulsory. To apply, please send a one page CV and a motivation letter to before 18 May.

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