The Centre for the Study of Islamic Manuscripts at Al-Furqān Islamic Heritage Foundation organised a public lecture titled “Introduction to Manuscript Editing”, delivered by Prof. Bashar Awwad Marouf and introduced by Mr. Mohamed Drioueche, Head of the Projects & Publications Department at Al-Furqān Islamic Heritage Foundation. The lecture took place on Wednesday 2nd March 2016, in the Conference Hall at Dar al-Hadith al-Hassania Institute (Rabat, Morocco).
The lecture was organised in the margin of the 10th Training Course on Critical Edition, titled "Editing Manuscripts on Qurʾānic sciences: Fundamentals, Basics and Problems", organised by the Manuscript Centre at Al-Furqān, in partnership with Dar al-Hadith al-Hassania Institute (Rabat, Morocco), which took place from 29th February until 5th March 2016, at Dar al-Hadith al-Hassania Institute (Rabat, Morocco).
The aim of this lecture was to provide a comprehensive, complete and concise picture on the science of editing and its practices.
Professor Bashar presented the most important criteria that the editor has to take into account, including: the basic requirements for starting the editing work (most importantly, knowledge of the Islamic culture and specialisation in the field of editing); the methods for gathering manuscript copies and for selecting the most suitable and reliable ones; the practices for unifying a copy by using modern orthography; the standards for organising and punctuating the text content; the rules for adding comments to the text; and the guidelines for creating indices and bibliographies; as well as an explanation on the methodology followed for the critical edition of the text.
Professor Bashar finally explained that the fundamental aim of the critical edition is to be able to reconstruct the text that was written by the author and approved by him as being the final version.
The lecture was followed by numerous questions from the specialised scholars and students in regard to the issues covered by Professor Bashar.