Near Eastern Languages & Cultures
| N690 The Islamic Book (3cr)
N690 | 3034 | Walbridge
N690 The Islamic Book (3cr)
Time and Day: 1:00p-2:15p MW
Place: LL Ellison Room
Prof. John Walbridge
A hands-on introduction to the Islamic book. The course will deal with the place of the book in
Islamic society, the design and production of Islamic manuscripts, calligraphy and scripts,
bookbinding and other arts of the book, editing and textual criticism, the reading and cataloging
of manuscripts, and the history of printing in Islamic countries. The course will also provide an
introduction to the basic tools of Islamic manuscripts, and the history of printing in Islamic
countries. The course will also provide an introduction to the basic tools of Islamic bibliography.
The course will require a combination of academic and practical work. In addition to writing a
research paper, each students will produce a manuscript of his own and do various exercises with
manuscripts and printed books: identification, cataloging, dating, etc.
Students should have an intermediate to advanced knowledge of at least one Islamic language.