Students will be provided with a copy of Professor Déroche's book, Islamic Codicology: An Introduction to the Study of Manuscripts in the Arabic Script (2006).
The class will be taught by François Déroche, Professor at the Collège de France. He is the world's foremost authority on early Qur'an manuscripts and a leading scholar of the history of the Arabic book. His many publications include Islamic Codicology: An Introduction to the Study of Manuscripts in the Arabic Script (2006), Qur'ans of the Umayyads (2014), and Le transmission écrite du Coran dans Jes débuts de l'lslam: le codex Parisino-Petropolitanus (2009), among many others. His work has done much to clarify how the Qur'an text was first transmitted, and has established a categorization of the earliest manuscripts dating to the seventh and eighth centuries CE.
Additional instruction will be provided by Kevin van Bladel, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies of Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations.