Special Collections After Hours: Celebrating Arabic Written Heritage

page of text in Arabic script

Opening of the eighth maqāmah (rhymed prose narrative) in Isl. Ms. 650, a late 13th or early 14th century manuscript copy of Maqāmāt al-Ḥarīrī.

Join us via Zoom next Tuesday 13 April at 4 pm EDT for our last After Hours virtual open house of the term.

As part of the campus celebration of Arab Heritage Month, this virtual open house will explore a selection of classical and medieval literary and scholarly Arab writers and their writings through Arabic manuscripts preserved in the Islamic Manuscripts Collection.

Carefully transcribed copies of classic literary works by al-Mutanabbī (d.965), Abū al-ʻAlāʼ al-Maʻarrī (d.1057), and al-Ḥarīrī (d.1122) will be featured (in images and video!) along with influential grammatical, scientific, and mystical writings -- even a text on musical theory and performance.

Curator Evyn Kropf will introduce the collection and the manuscripts and Professor Samer Ali will share reflections on how the poetry of al-Mutanabbī can resonate with us today.

Please register to attend via Zoom. We hope you'll be able to join us!

illuminated opening of a manuscript with lines of Arabic script and decoration in gold blue and other colors
Illuminated opening of Isl. Ms. 246, a 17th century copy of the dīwān of al-Mutanabbī with commentary