San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Madrid, Spain

Arabic Codicology: The Islamic Handwritten Tradition and its Reception in the El Escorial Collection

when 20 July 2015 - 24 July 2015
duration 1 week
fee EUR 215

The course, co-organised by Al-Furqan Foundation and the Complutense University, and directed by Nuria Martínez-de-Castilla, will be taught by specialists of Arabic manuscripts, among them two of the foremost experts in this field, François Déroche and Adam Gacek, who will meet again to deliver a course of this kind.

The Royal Library of the El Escorial monastery houses the most important collection of Arabic manuscripts in Spain, one of the most interesting ones in Europe. The location where the Complutense University summer courses take
place is, thanks to its closeness to the library, particularly valuable as far as the aims of this course are concerned since practical training will be organized there, thanks to the collaboration which has been set up with the library.

The course provides a global overview of the field, thus proving a groundbreaking programme in the frame of Arabic codicological studies, mainly due to its practical approach and to the quality and diversity of the examples
which will be examined during the course. It intends to answer the growing interest among scholars and professionals, like librarians, archivists, restorers, art historians, as well as researchers, university students and bibliophiles- with the international stance required by Arabic codicological studies.

Course leader

Nuria Martínez-de-Castilla, Complutense University, Madrid, Spain.

Target group

Scholars and professionals, as well as researchers, university students and bibliophiles with the international stance required by Arabic codicological studies.

Course aim

The course aims to provide students with the basic codicological knowledge and the research procedures they will need when studying and analyzing Arabic manuscripts, as well as at providing them with a familiarity with the libraries of the Arabic Islamic world in Medieval and Modern times, more especially that which belonged to the Moroccan sultan Muley Zaydân. In order to make sure that the training is comprehensive and effective, the course programme has been designed in such a way that the students can apply step by step the knowledge they acquire and develop their analytical abilities with the manuscripts.

Fee info

EUR 215: - regular: 215 EUR
- students, retired and unemployed people providing documentation supporting their status: 168 EUR
EUR 522: - resident students status (including full-board accommodation in single rooms and registration in the course): 522 EUR
- discount fees are available for students, unemployed or retired people: 475 EUR


Grants are available for resident students.