Call for Applications | LUCIS Summer School | Philology and Manuscripts from the Muslim World

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Summer Program
June 16, 2017
Subject Fields: 
Arabic History / Studies, Archival Science, Islamic History / Studies, Middle East History / Studies, Religious Studies and Theology

We are organising a fantastic Summer School on Philology and Manuscripts from the Muslim world at Leiden this summer. It will take place from Tuesday 15 August until Friday 25 August 2017. The deadline for applications is Friday 16 June 2017.

About the summer school

This summer school is organised for graduate (MA and PhD) students and researchers who have an interest in handwritten materials, in editing, and in the tradition of editing in the Muslim world.  It offers  theoretical lectures as well as hands-on practice with samples from the world famous collections of the Leiden University Library.

In the course of two weeks specialists from Leiden University and other experts will provide theoretical instruction on issues of editing, paleography, conservation and other material aspects of oriental manuscripts. And they will speak about philology, literacy and orality and the transmission of knowledge in the Islamic manuscript culture, presenting case-studies from various parts of the Muslim world. Participants can use this information and practice their skills producing a sample critical edition of a manuscript of their choice, under the supervision of experts.

Since the first contributions of scholars such as Scaliger, Golius and Warner, the Leiden University Library has one of the most important collections of oriental manuscripts in Europe. It includes thousands of Arabic, Persian and Ottoman manuscripts, not only from the historic heartlands of Islam but also from Asia, al-Andalus and Africa. Each participant will have full access to this collection as well as other library services.  

Practical information

Language of instruction: English. Non-native speakers are required to have a command of English equivalent to at least TOEFL 550.

Costs: €750,- (including access to the library). Participants are expected to provide for their own travel, visa (if applicable), accommodation and living expenses. LUCIS will provide invitation letters for participants who need to apply for visa.

Participants who are unable to secure financial support from their home institution may be eligible for reduced fees. Please contact LUCIS at for more information about the possibility of a reduced fee.

Call for applications

Graduate (MA and PhD) students and researchers who have an interest in handwritten materials and in text editing are encouraged to apply for participation in the summer school. Applications should include:

  • a letter of motivation specifying what research language(s) the applicant masters;
  • a curriculum vitae;
  • if you are a non-native speaker of English: a certificate testifying command of the English language (TOEFL 550 or equivalent).

The deadline for applications is Friday June 16, 2017. Participants will be informed about their application by Thursday June 23, 2017. Applications can be send to:

Contact Info: 

Petra M. Sijpesteijn

Professor of Arabic

Director Leiden University Centre for the Study of Islam and Society (LUCIS, Leiden Islam Blog)

Leiden University, Leiden Institute for Area Studies (LIAS)

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