Cambridge University Library houses around 5,000 medieval and early modern manuscripts in Arabic, Persian and Turkish. The manuscripts were produced across a vast area extending from North Africa to Southeast Asia, and they are extremely diverse in the way they look, ranging from cloth-bound volumes neatly copied on polished papers, to books roughly bound in rush matting. And yet, many of them are more closely connected in their intellectual content than appearances suggest.

This talk from Oschinsky Research Associate 2022-23, Dr James White, examines how text reuse links many of the Cambridge University Library manuscripts, and explore how book culture brought medieval communities of authors, scribes and readers across the Middle East and South Asia into dialogue with one another.

Location: This talk is being hosted in-person at Cambridge University Library, in the Milstein Seminar Rooms.

Tickets: Free, booking required. Suitable for adults; younger guests welcome to attend.

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