This book combines the lectures of two training courses on editing Arabic and Islamic manuscripts, organised by Al-Furqān Islamic Heritage Foundation, in cooperation with The Faculty of Dar Al-ʿUlum in Cairo, in 2008 and 2009 respectively.
The book, among its various themes, draws the foundational guidelines that editors can follow to set their objectives, methodology and work plan, before they start any editing project, so their findings can be ideal. The book also pinpoints the main cultural and scholarly qualifications the editor should be equipped with, before working in the field of editing and preserving Arabic manuscripts.
Furthermore, the book sheds lights on the history of the Arabic Manuscript, and the historical context in which it was produced, and how this context influenced the development of the codification and editing process, writing styles and manuscript production.
Then, the book goes on to describe - in detail and examples - the manuscript as a historical object for research, the materials it was made of, its content, the method of codification, and what editing stages it had undergone.
The book concludes on the importance of the Arabic scientific heritage and the necessity of reviving it, and the growing international interest in this heritage.