Editing Arabic Manuscripts

Editing Arabic Manuscripts

Do you want to develop your research skills in the field of Arab heritage through documents?

Do you need to improve your research skills in the investigation of Arabic manuscripts and documents?

Do you wish to become a professional researcher in the future?

Potential participants

Arab and non-Arab professional researchers, undergraduates and postgraduates, journalists, writers, academics, those interested Arab heritage and those who wish to investigate manuscripts and documents to become specialist academics, professional researchers or experienced in reading Arabic manuscripts and documents.

Brief Description

This program deals with the basics of researching texts and documents   in Arab and oriental texts including:

  • examples of ancient texts and documents
  • methods of verification and research followed by modern practitioners
  • methods and tools used in researching texts
  • preparing texts for publication
  • practical training on Arabic and Omani manuscripts

The program also deals with the science of manuscript research from both a theoretical and practical standpoint based on reading and scientific training in order to verify and disseminate such research according to current methodological and scientific perceptions.

The ultimate goal of the program is to develop the knowledge and skills of  researchers needed to verify Arabic manuscripts and documents.

The First Course

looks at the history of research through listening, reading, reading and handling texts, among other methods.

The Second Course

focuses on how ancient Arabs researched and dealt with issues such as the comparison of copies, correcting mistakes, treating incorrect or incomplete copies, dealing with similarities between letters, creating footnotes. It also details punctuation, symbols and abbreviations, etc.

The Third Course

analyses multiple models of the efforts made by renowned ancient Arabs such as Bekri and Baghdadi among others, in addition to detailed analysis of work by Orientalists such as  Carl Brockelmann and  Carlo Alfonso Nallino among others.

The Fourth Course

includes an extensive comparison between traditional and contemporary investigation methods and between Arab and in order to provide participants the ability to create and develop individual research methodologies.

The Fifth Course

studies different strategies employed to investigate texts such as collecting copies, documenting titles and attributing them to their authors, practicing reading different fonts, recognising the concepts of the ancients, becoming familiar with the methods of authors, analytical reading of texts and revising references through increased knowledge of an author’s works.

The Sixth Course

introduces a group of advanced skills required by text researchers  such as the revision of explanatory notes, footnotes and annotations, printing texts, comparison of texts, correcting spelling, editing, formatting, referencing and creating bibliographies.

The Seventh Course

deals with investigation and publication supplementation such as writing introductions and creating indices as well as preparing researchers to skilfully and scientifically achieve professional results.

The Eighth Course

studies the skills and experiences learnt during previous courses including how to select an Arabic manuscript and develop a clear plan for research following different strategies and, finally, discussing the reasons for those choices and the difficulties faced in overcoming any challenges in preparation for eventual publication.