Tag Archives: Manuscripts

Binge Reading in Fifteenth-Century Damascus

Binge Reading in Fifteenth-Century Damascus [DYNTRAN Working Paper, no. 27, August 2017]


At the end of the ninth/fifteenth century, in the year 897/1492, a Damascene scholar sat down in his garden to read through his considerable library. He neither did so silently nor alone, rather he read the books aloud with members of his family. Over the course of Continue reading Binge Reading in Fifteenth-Century Damascus

From the Centre to the Margins

The Transfer of Books Across the Early Modern Western Indian Ocean        [DYNTRAN WORKING PAPER 24, May 2017]

by Christopher D. BAHL

The early modern Western Indian Ocean (1400-1700) represented a transregional space with various historical phenomena of circulation. Movements of people and goods linked the Red Sea in the West via the Persian Gulf and across the baḥr al-hind to the Continue reading From the Centre to the Margins

The Role of Copyists in the Transmission of Manuscripts

A Case Study on Šaraf Xān Bidlīsī’s Šarafnāma (1005-1314/1597-1897)      [DYNTRAN WORKING PAPER 23, April 2017]


The Šarafnāma is a well-known history of Kurdish dynasties and ruling houses, written in Persian in 1005-7/1596-99 by Amīr Šaraf Xān Bidlīsī (949-1009/1543-1600), leader of the Rōjikī tribe and prince of Bidlīs, southwest of Lake Van, in northern Kurdistan. It Continue reading The Role of Copyists in the Transmission of Manuscripts

Poetry and Families

Preliminary reflections on the Divan of Muhammad Kujuji (788/1386)      [DYNTRAN WORKING PAPER 16, September 2016]

By Christoph WERNER

Placing poetry and families side by side evokes the idea of kin groups of writers, poets and literary artists whether brothers, sisters or other close relatives: in modern European literature the Brontë sisters or the Mann family easily come to mind. With regard to Continue reading Poetry and Families

De maître à élève

Nouvelle source concernant les biographies de calligraphes de l’Inde musulmane. Le Ms n° 2432 de Rampur. [DYNTRAN WORKING PAPER 13, June 2016]

par Francis RICHARD

Dans l’ensemble du monde iranien, il est très important pour les calligraphes de se rattacher à des lignées à l’origine desquelles se trouve un maître reconnu. L’apprentissage de l’art de la belle écriture (ḫatt-i ḫuš ou ḫušnivīsī) se fait auprès d’un calligraphe qui en Continue reading De maître à élève