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Online lecture on Arabic book culture in the 9th century

In the series "Gotha Manuscript Talks", the Gotha Research Library of the University of Erfurt invites all interested parties to the next online lecture "Arabic Book Culture in the 9th Century" by Professor Beatrice Gründler (Berlin) on Wednesday, 28 April. The lecture will begin at 5 pm.

In the lecture, Professor Beatrice Gründler will address the question of why the Arabic codex became so popular so early on, while this medium was slower to catch on in Europe. She pursues this question with detailed case studies of booksellers, book collectors, paper manufacturers, librarians, scholars and poets of the 9th century. The history of the book has so far been written with a focus on Europe; less is known about the role of books in other cultures. Beatrice Gründler introduces us to the rich literary milieu of the early Arab world.

Detail from an oriental manuscript

Gründler (PhD Harvard University 1995) is Professor of Arabic Studies at the Free University of Berlin. Her main areas of research are Arabic script, classical Arabic poetry in its social context, Arabic book culture and the role of Arabic in world literature. Her books include "The Development of the Arabic Scripts: From the Nabatean Era to the First Islamic Century" (1993, Arabic translation 2004), "Medieval Arabic Praise Poetry: Ibn al-Rūmī and the Patron's Redemption" (2003), "The Life and Times of Abū Tammām (Akhbār Abī Tammām) by Abū Bakr Muhammad ibn Yaḥyāal-Ṣūlī" (2015) and "The Rise of the Arabic Book" (2020). For her research, she received the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize of the German Research Foundation, an Advanced Grant from the European Research Council (both 2017) and the Berlin Science Prize (2019).

The Gotha Research Library preserves the third largest collection of Oriental manuscripts in Germany. These approximately 3,400 manuscripts, most of which came into the library around 1800, are relevant to all fields of scholarship and shed light on the most diverse aspects of manuscript cultures. By inviting renowned researchers to the Gotha Manuscript Talks, the Gotha Research Library would like to use the material in a webinar series to provide impulses for an increased exchange on manuscript cultures across disciplinary boundaries and to bring researchers and interested parties into conversation with each other about oriental manuscripts. The moderator is Dr. Feras Krimsti, who is in charge of the library's collection of oriental manuscripts.

Admission to the free event is via the following link: uni-erfurt.webex.com/meet/events.fb. Registration is not required.

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