THE ILLUMINED WORD
Historic Qur’ans: Codicology and Conservation
22-23 April 2014http://www.mia.org.qa/en/learning/conference
Join renowned scholars and conservators from around the world for a series of talks about the care and study of historic Qur'ans.
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EUROPE AND TURKEY
Ottoman and Safavid Qur'an: Codicology, Production and Patronage
Dr. Nur Sobers-Khan, Curator for Turkey, Museum of Islamic Art, Doha.
The presentation will focus on the history of Qur'an production in the Ottoman Empire from the fifteenth until the nineteenth century, focusing on the codicological, ornamental and paleographical development of the Ottoman Qur’an in three stages: the period of early Ottoman court production of Qur’ans (fifteenth century and early sixteenth), the flourishing of manuscript production and scribal practice at the Ottoman court in late sixteenth century through to the seventeenth, and the maturation of the style of the Ottoman Qur’an in the nineteenth century. While most (or many) surviving Ottoman Qur’ans were contained in a single codex, other formats typical of Ottoman manuscript culture, such as the 'sancak' Qur’an and scroll Qur’an, will be discussed. The influence of Safavid illumination styles on the decoration of Ottoman Qur’ans will also be analysed, as will the strong tradition of calligraphy that developed in the Ottoman Empire. The presentation will touch on the characteristics of early Ottoman Qur'an bindings and the construction and materiality of the manuscript in the Ottoman tradition (papers, inks, sizes, threads, tools). Finally, this information will be put to use in the practical session when we examine an Ottoman Qur’an from the collection of the Museum of Islamic Art.
Dr Nur Sobers-Khan is Curator for Turkey at the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha. She completed a BA in Oriental Studies (Arabic and Persian) at the University of Cambridge in 2006 and a PhD in Ottoman history at the same institution in 2012. Nur’s articles and reviews have appeared in Oriens, the Journal of Early Modern History, and New Middle Eastern Studies. She also has a forthcoming article on 'ilm al-firasa (physiognomy) to be published in an edited volume by Brill in 2014. Her PhD dissertation, entitled, ‘Slaves without Shackles: Forced Labour and Manumission in the Galata Court Registers, 1560-1571’ will be published as a book by Klaus Schwarz Verlag in the series StudienzurSprache, Geschichte und Kultur der Turkvölker in 2014. Having lectured various topic on the cultural and social history of the Middle East and the Indian Ocean at St. Mary's University College and Cambridge University, Nur then worked as a curator for the Persian manuscripts project at the British Library from 2012 to 2013, where she contributed to the creation of 700 on-line catalogue records (containing 1,500 works) of the BL’s Persian manuscript collection. With the receipt of a grant from the Barakat Trust and funding from the BL, she was also able to digitise and make available on-line the historic notes for an unpublished volume III of the catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the India Office Library. Her current research focuses on the circulation of manuscripts and the exchange of knowledge between the Ottoman and Mughal Empires.
Ottoman Provinces, Qur’an from Shumen, Bulgaria, 19 Century, MIA.