This book presents the proceedings of the second conference of Al-Furqān on the Codicology of Islamic Manuscripts. The conference included papers on the art of mixing ink, the use of paper and parchment in Islamic manuscripts, the Arabic papyri and the characteristics of book binding during the Mamlūk period.
It also looked at the human aspects on studying the manuscripts, such as the ancient methods of authoring, the importance of the cover/title page in describing the manuscript as well as the phenomenon of the manuscripts with unknown authorship: the example of the manuscripts in the fields of geography and history.
PART ONE: THE PHYSICAL ASPECT
Arabic Papyri Geoffrey Khan
L’emploi du parchemin dans les manuscrits islamiques: quelques Remarque luminaires François Déroche
Two New Sources on the Art of Mixing Ink Ibrahim Chabbouh
The Use of Paper in Islamic Manuscripts as Documented Classical Persian Texts Īraj Afshār
PART TWO: THE HUMAN ASPECT
Early Methods of Book Composition: al-Maqrīzī's Draft of the Kitāb al-khiṭaṭ Ayman Fu'ād Sayyid
Problems of Attribution in Historical and Geographical Works Mohamed Bencherifa
The Human Element Between Text and Reader: the Ijāza in Arabic Manuscripts Jan Just Witkam
Mālikī Formularies and Legal Documents: Changes in the Manuscript Culture of the ʿUdūl (Professional Witnesses) in Morocco Léon Buskens