Medieval Manuscripts Seminar

Medieval Manuscripts Seminar
12 February 2019, 5.30pm - 7.30pm
Dr Seng T Lee Centre for Manuscript and Book Studies, Senate House Library, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Dmitry Bondarev, University of Hamburg

Vernaculars between the lines: understanding Islamic manuscripts of West Africa


There is a distinctive type of West African Islamic manuscripts characterised by wide space between the lines filled by annotations in Arabic and local languages. The annotations in African languages are typically written in specialised registers used for metalinguistic and exegetical purposes. Drawing a correlation between the layout, annotations and content, I will reconstruct stages of Islamic education in precolonial West Africa.

Unless stated otherwise, all our events are free of charge and anyone interested in the topic is welcome to attend. Registration is required for all events. Please sign up using the booking form below.


IES Events
020 7862 8683