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Manuscript Cultures in Asia, Africa and Europe

04/2016manuscript of the month

A marriage (contract) to last a lifetime?

Front of the clay tablet
(excavation no. kt v/k 147).

Around 4,000 years ago in Central Anatolia, a young man called Kalua, the son of Akabšē, decided to marry Tamnanika, the daughter of Šū-Bēlum. Even at that time, people knew that marriages were not always made to last, so it was agreed that if their marriage did come to an end one day, whoever left the other person first also had to leave them a considerable amount of money. The marriage contract containing the proviso was written on a tablet of clay. This managed to survive the test of time, but the interesting question here is whether the marriage did, too.


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New Petra Kappert Fellow in February 2017

Karl R. Schaefer is Professor emeritus of Librarianship at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. He holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures and has done extensive research on medieval Arabic block printing. Professor Schaefer will stay at CSMC until the end of April 2017.

Ahmed Parkar receives the Mabati Cornell Kiswahili Prize

CSMC congratulates Ahmed Parkar, researcher in sub-project C07, for receiving the Mabati Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature. The price has the express goal of recognizing writing in African languages and encouraging translation from, between and into African languages. The award ceremony took place in Dar es Salaam on 16 January 2017.

New Petra Kappert Fellow in January 2017

Charles Melville is Professor of Persian History at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Pembroke College. His current research focuses on illustrated manuscripts of Persian chronicles and epic literature, with a particular emphasis on the 13th-17th centuries.
Professor Melville will stay at CSMC until the end of March 2017.

External Member of CSMC is appointed as Senior Professor at the University of Hamburg

The University of Hamburg has appointed Prof. em. Dr. Jürgen Paul, historian of Central Asia from Halle, as Senior Professor. The CSMC congratulates and looks forward to an even closer collaboration!

Anna Boroffka receives the “Karl H. Ditze-Preis 2016”

CSMC congratulates Anna Boroffka, researcher in sub-project B07, for having been awarded the “Karl H. Ditze Preis 2016” for outstanding master and Ph.D. theses in the Faculty of Humanities at Universität Hamburg. Her Ph.D. theses on “The 'Length of Christ’ in painting – Codification of authenticity in intermedial discourse” will be published in the series Vestigia Bibliae by the German Bible Archive in 2017.

Two new volumes of the series Studies in Manuscript Cultures (SMC)

Florinda De Simini surveys in “Of Gods and Books” (SMC 8) the relationship between religion and text in the manuscript culture of medieval India. Manuscripts as objects of worship are considered as ritualistic tools. The collective volume “One-Volume Libraries: Composite and Multiple-Text Manuscripts” (SMC 9) focusses on codicological aspects of manuscripts with more than one text, which provide insights into the production process, their structure and use. Find more information at Publications.


3 - 4 March 2017 | Workshop
Illustration of History in Medieval Manuscripts

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CSMC, Warburgstraße 26

11 - 12 March 2017 | Workshop
Bonpo Manuscript Culture: Towards a Definition of an Emerging Field Part 2

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CSMC, Warburgstraße 26

4 - 5 April 2017 | Workshop
Block Print Workshop with Prof. Dr. Karl R. Schaefer

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CSMC, Warburgstraße 26

6 April 2017 6pm | Lecture
Dr. Yukiyo Kasai
The Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities
Berlin Turfan Collection and Its research - Focused on the Middle Iranian and Old Uyghur Texts
CSMC, Warburgstraße 26, room 0001

13 April 2017 6pm | Lecture
Professor Emeritus Karl Schaefer
Drake University
CSMC, Warburgstraße 26, Raum 0001

20 April 2017 6pm | Lecture
Prof. Dr. Oliver Primavesi
LMU Munich
CSMC, Warburgstraße 26, Raum 0001

21 - 22 April 2017 | Workshop
One Text - Many Forms: A Comparative View on the Variability of Swahili Manuscripts

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CSMC, Warburgstraße 26

8 May 2017 6.15 pm | Lecture Series
Prof. Dr. Katrin Kogman-Appel
Westfälische Wilhemls-University Münster
Darstellungen göttlichen Eingreifens in der mittelalterlichen jüdischen Buchkunst
UHH, Edmund-Siemers-Allee 1, lecture room ESA H

22 May 2017 6.15 pm | Lecture Series
Prof. Dr. Marc Michael Epstein
Vassar College
Avoiding and Implying the Divine Image in Medieval Iconography Created for Jews
UHH, Edmund-Siemers-Allee 1, lecture room ESA H