Qatar National Library

Marginal Texts in Manuscripts: Readings From the Manuscript Collection

In this lecture, Mahmoud Zaki, the Library's Manuscript Librarian, will discuss the textual structure of the Arabic manuscript, especially the marginal notes and texts (alternative to the work's main text and work). These include colophons, notes of ownership, reading and transmission of text, based on examples drawn from the collection and beyond.

This is the third of a series of lectures and talks providing readings of rare historical works from our Heritage Library's collection of manuscripts. The series is a great opportunity to explore the rich collection and its masterworks, along with the Heritage Library's digital and virtual services.

The lecture will also discuss why are such scattered marginal notes are useful as a documentary source, alongside the literature sources. A variety of interesting cases from several locations and eras, featuring different genders, emotions and roles involved in book production, transmission, dissemination and reception, will take place in the readings of these “marginal” but important texts.

The event will be conducted online via Microsoft Teams.

Date: 18 August 2020

Time: 12:30 – 2:30 PM

Language: Arabic

Target Audience: Researchers, students, and general public

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18.08.2020 12:30 PM
18.08.2020 02:30 PM

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