Arabic Manuscripts: A Vademecum for Readers
Arranged alphabetically by subject and/or concept and richly illustrated, the present vademecum deals with various aspects of Arabic manuscript studies. A companion volume to my recently published The Arabic Manuscript Tradition (2001) and its Supplement (2008), this work constitutes an indispensible aid to students and researchers.
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Describing the Manuscript
Major Historical Periods
Major Muslim Dynasties
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4/10th century Abbasid abbreviation abjad Abū Ahmad al-Dīn alif Allāh alphabet Arabic alphabet Arabic manuscripts author’s basmalah bifolia bindings bookbinding bookcover bookhand calligraphers chain lines codex codices codicology collation colophon coloured composition copy copyists dated decoration Déroche Déroche et al dots early Abbasid encountered example flap foliation Gacek glosses Hadith hamdalah hāʾ head-serif Hijāzī horizontal Ibn al-Bawwāb Ibn Muqlah illuminated indicate Iran ISBN 90 Islamic isnād Kitāb known lām later leather letterforms letters Maghrebi Maghribī Mamluk manuscript age margin marks middle period Muhammad muhaqqaq Muslim naskh naskh script nastaʿlīq non-Qurʾanic nuskhah original Ottoman ownership statements palaeography paper papyrus parchment Persian qalam Quire gathering Qur’an Qurʾan sahha Scribal scribe script seal serif sheet sometimes stroke ta‘ala textblock textual thuluth tradition Transcription unpointed usually vertical vocalization watermarks word writing written Yāqūt ʿAbd