"PAPERS OF ISLAMIC MANUSCRIPTS AS GEOGRAPHICAL INDICATORS"
Anne Regourd, CNRS, Paris
Part of the Silsila Fall 2020 Lecture Series, Islam in Africa: Material Histories
The issue of the trade routes of Islamic manuscript papers ultimately leads us to reflect on paper as a geographical indicator, on its ability to allow us to locate the production of a manuscript. Based on the study of a few cases, we will question the relevance of the hypothesis of paper as a geographical indicator and discuss the methodology it implies for obtaining reliable data.
Anne Regourd has been the Scientific Director of the Program for safeguarding manuscripts of Zabid (Yemen) since 2001. She is the editor of A. Regourd (ed.), The Trade in Papers Marked with Non-Latin Characters. Documents & History, Leiden, E.J. Brill, 2018, which includes her comparative studies on 19th-20th papers used in Yemen and Ethiopia.
She is the Director of the Journal Chroniques du manuscrit au Yémen, www.cdmy.org