Arabic-Script Manuscripts in Africa Conference

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The Bibliotheca Alexandrina Manuscripts Center and the Islamic Manuscript Association – in partnership with the Thesaurus Islamicus Foundation – are organizing the conference “Arabic-Script Manuscripts in Africa”, virtually via Zoom, from 12 to 16 September 2021.

The conference includes five sessions that present original and unpublished research on the Arabic-script manuscript cultures of North and Sub-Saharan Africa, and highlight the preservation and management of manuscript collections across the continent.

The opening session will be inaugurated by Dr. Moustafa Elfeki, Director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina; Dr. Ali Gomaa, Member of Al-Azhar Council of Senior Scholars and Representative of the Thesaurus Islamicus Foundation; Dr. Ayman Fouad Sayyid, Professor of Islamic History and Civilization at Al-Azhar University and Director of the Islamic Manuscripts Association; and Dr. Medhat Issa, Director of the BA Manuscripts Center.

Each session will cover four papers: one presented by an invited keynote speaker and three presented by persons selected through a call for papers. Keynote speakers include Dr. Helmi Shaarawy; Dr. Ahmed Chaouki Binebine; Dr. Anne Katrine Bang; Dr. Seyni Moumouni; Dr. Mohamed Diagayeté; and Dr. Maria Luisa Russo.

Furthermore, the conference will include six workshops:

The conference will be held in Arabic, English, and French (simultaneous interpretation will be available throughout the event).  Following the conference, all research papers will be published in a booklet issued by the BA.

To view the conference's program, please click here.

Registration for the event is now closed, but live broadcast will be available through the conference’s Facebook page: