Toward a ‘Biography’ of a Manuscript: A copy of the Qur’an from 12th c. Iran


A Project in the History of the Book

Workshop, February 22-23, 2013, Penn Museum, Classroom 2.

This copy of the Qur’an (Penn Museum NEP27) has a colophon page, frequently
reproduced in handbooks,  dating its copying  to H559/ 1164CE in Hamadhan.
A detailed examination of the codex was carried out by a seminar on
codicology held in spring 2012. The codex  presents interesting case of book
‘restoration’ that must be closely examined as it points to a complex
history of usage.  An examination thus far reveals that there were several
interventions to the integrity of the original;  many folios bear major
repairs, patches and replacements.  The following aspects of the codex will
be presented to a panel of experts and participating workshop attendees.

Workshop leaders:

Renata Holod (History of Art Dept. and Penn Museum)
Yael Rice (Amherst College)

Presenters:
§  Alex Brey, Structuring the Word: The Sura Headings and Verse Markers of
NEP-27
§  Emily Neumeier, Competing Ideologies in the Paleography of NEP-27
§  V.K. Inman, The Text of NEP-27
§  Elias Saba, Explaining, Interpreting, and Clarifying the Qur'an: The
"Commentary" on NEP 27
§  Elliott Brooks, NEP-27's Frontispiece and its Comparanda
§  Raha Rafii, Intersections of Design and Epigraphy in the Colophon and
Finispiece of NEP-27
§  Agnieszka Szymanska, The Mise-en-page of NEP-27
§  Quintana Heathman, Investigating Interventions: The Papers of NEP-27
§  Michael Falcetano, Verse Markers and their variations

Consultants:
Nourrane Benazzouna, Abou Dhabi/Paris
François Déroche, Bibliotheque Nationale de France
David Roxburgh, Harvard University
M. Shreve Simpson, University of Pennsylvania
Sergei Tourkin, Mc Gill University

To Register:
The registration website (http://sites.sas.upenn.edu/NEP27wksp) with
detailed program and abstracts will be launching next week. Since space is
limited to thirty (30), please register for participation by February 10,
2013.

Accommodations:
We have held rooms at the Club Quarters
(http://www.clubquarters.com/loc_philadelphia.php) for your convenience.
If you wish to stay there, please call or email Club Quarters to confirm no
later than January 22nd.

Camille Rhoné

Agrégée d'histoire, titulaire d'une thèse de doctorat en histoire de l'Islam médiéval ("Défendre le territoire en Iran nord-oriental - Khorassan et Transoxiane -, IXe-XIe siècle"), Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.

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