publications of CSMC

Encyclopedia of Manuscript Cultures in Asia and Africa (EMCAA)

Studies in Manuscript Cultures (SMC)

manuscript cultures (mc)

Manuscript of the Month (MoM)

occasional papers

Publications listed by author

Publications by the Forschergruppe 963 "Manuscript Cultures in Asia and Africa (2008-2011)


The Mustang Archives and Papermaking Traditions in Nepal

SfarData - The Codicological Database of the Hebrew Palaeography Project

Old Kanembu Islamic Manuscripts

Index of Armenians Arts - Database of Armenian Manuscript Illuminations

Nepalese-German Manuscript Cataloguing Project


Cuneiform script: writing and calculating

Christine Proust (Director of Research at the CNRS) and Cécile Michel (Director of Research at the CNRS and Principal Investigator of Sub-project C11) show how to read and write the Cuneiform script of the clay tablets from ancient Assyria. The film was produced by the Maison Archéologie & Ethnologie.
(18 min., French with English subtitles)

Borno calligraphy: Creating hand-written Qur'an in northeast Nigeria

This documentary by Dmitry Bondarev (Principal Investigator of Sub-project A05) explores the traditional techniques of copying the Qur’an as they survive in modern-day Borno, northeast Nigeria. Filmed in Maiduguri in 2009, it gives a step-by-step insight into the process of creation of a hand-written manuscript. Discussions of format, layout and ink types are followed by the demonstration of how the consonants, vowels and divisional marks are written.
(40 min., English and Kanuri with English subtitles)