‘Oldest’ Koran fragments discovered at Birmingham University

By Dominique Akhoun-Schwarb|July 22, 2015|Middle East, Central Asia & Islamica, Religions|0 comments

The oldest fragments of the Qur’an ever discovered have been found in the Mingana Collection at the Birmingham University Library. Those fragments (2 folii) written in Hijazi script on parchment have been carbon-dated around 568-645 A.D. and are remarkably clear and well-preserved. Their datation means that they could be contemporary to the Prophet Muhammad (who died in 632) and the copyist could well have heard the Prophet Muhammad preaching. Birmingham

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Islamic Manuscript Studies : Research Guide

By Dominique Akhoun-Schwarb|October 24, 2013|Ancient Near East, Semitics and Judaica, Middle East, Central Asia & Islamica|0 comments

Islamic Manuscript Studies : Research Guide The guide published by Evyn Kropf at University of Michigan offers resources for the study of the manuscripts and manuscript cultures of the Islamic world. Welcome Identifying and Locating Manuscripts  Collections and Catalogues Online  Collection Research Guides Islamic Manuscripts in North America Arabic Script Palaeography Manuscript Description Bibliographical Resources Reading Lists Associations, Institutes and Research Initiatives Other Online Research Guides For more information about

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SOAS Centre of Islamic Studies’ seminar series

By Dominique Akhoun-Schwarb|February 25, 2013|Middle East, Central Asia & Islamica|0 comments

The Centre of Islamic Studies’ seminar  ‘New Manuscript Discoveries from 12th-Century Islamic Thought’  will be delivered by Ayman Shihadeh (SOAS, University of London), this Wednesday (27th Feb. 2013),  between 1-2 pm  in G51 (SOAS Main Campus, Philips Building)  *** [Note: the seminar series is open to everyone and no registration is required.] ***

Middle East and Central Asia – July 2012

By Emma Wilson-Shaw|August 3, 2012|Middle East, Central Asia and Islamica|0 comments

Middle East Raising capital on Arab equity markets : legal and juridical aspects of Arab securities regulation / Lu’ayy Minwer Al-Rimawi. Peace, propaganda, & the promised land [videorecording] : U.S. media & the Israeli-Palestinian conflict / Media Education Foundation directors, Sut Jhally, Bathsheba Ratzkoff producer, Bathsheba Ratzkoff writers, Bathsheba Ratzkoff, Sut Jhally. Psalms [sound recording] / Khaled Jubran. Race and slavery in the Middle East : histories of trans-Saharan Africans

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