The conferences organised by Al-Furqān Islamic Heritage Foundation represent exceptional moments in the Foundation’s history, characterised by their highly specialised presentations and rich discussions, and by their importance to researchers and experts, particularly in the field of critical editing of Islamic manuscripts. The conferences are also a platform for the meeting of leading international scholars, academics, and experts in Islamic manuscripts.
This Conference—the 7th in the series—was held at the Foundation’s London headquarters on 25-26 November 2015, and carried the title: “Editing Manuscripts on Literature and Language”.
The Conference began on Wednesday morning, 25 November, with a speech on behalf of Al-Furqān Islamic Heritage Foundation and its Chairman, H.E. Shaykh Ahmad Zaki Yamani. This was delivered by H.E. Professor Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, who impressed upon the audience the importance of the Conference, and welcomed the participating academics, delegates, and guests.
Within the Conference theme, the papers covered:
· The Methodology of Critical Edition of Poetry Manuscripts;
· Critical Edition of Andalusian Poetry Manuscripts;
· Problems of Critically Editing Language Manuscripts;
· Critical Edition of Arabic Language Manuscripts: Ibn Dahān’s Explanation of al-Luma‘ fī al-‘Arabiyyah by Ibn Jinnī as an Example;
· Methodologies of Authoring and Editing Language Manuscripts: Books on Horses (al-Khayl) as an Example;
· Maghribī Critical Editions of Manuscripts in Rhetoric (al-Balāghah) and Criticism (al-Naqd): al-Manza‘ al-Badī‘ as an Example; and
· The Būlāq Publications on Language and Literature: An Approach to Critical Editions.
The Conference was attended by thirty highly qualified expert delegates in the different disciplines from British and international higher education and heritage institutions. The lectures were presented by a group of leading scholars and critical editors from around the world. Their research and academic papers addressed the reality and aspirations of the manuscript editing movement in the area of literature and language. These scholars included Dr Bashar Awwad Marouf, Dr Salah Jarrar, Dr Qasim al-Samarrai, Dr Ali El-Bawab, Dr Radouane Benchekroun, Dr Hasan al-Osman, and Dr Ahmed Chouqui Binbine.