Manuscripts and Arabic Script-Writing in Africa

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In a fruitful cooperation between the Bibliotheca Alexandrina and the Islamic Manuscript Association, the book Manuscripts and Arabic Script-Writing in Africa was published, which comprised the work of the Arabic-Script Manuscripts in Africa Conference, held in partnership between the two entities, from 13 to 16 September 2021.

The book featured several research essays examining a number of important themes that focus on manuscripts written in Arabic script in the African continent. The themes included manuscript collections, manuscript networks, manuscripts and social values, and technical issues.

The conference consisted of six sessions that presented research on the cultures of Arabic script manuscripts in North Africa and sub-Saharan Africa, as well as the care of manuscript collections and the management of manuscript data across the continent. Each session featured four research papers, as the Conference included six workshops related to the themes of the sessions.

It is worth mentioning that this book represents an integral part of the Manuscripts Center's interests in publishing scientific research and studies related to the manuscript heritage.