Doha: Qatar National Library (QNL) will offer multiple online activities dedicated to the study of Quranic manuscripts during Ramadan and in celebration of Arabic Manuscript Day, which will be observed on April 4th.
The activities promote cultural awareness and historical research in the region, establishing the library as the nation’s primary source of information on Arabic and Islamic history and heritage.
The Qatar National Library (QNL) will offer an online international seminar on “Quranic Manuscript Traditions: Readings from the Qatar National Library Collection” on March 30.
The conference will bring together renowned scholars who have researched the traditions of Quran manuscript production over 14 centuries and over a vast geographical area, as well as Qurans from outside of Islam. The talk will compare and contrast Quranic manuscripts from the library’s extensive collection with important, relevant manuscripts from other libraries throughout the world.
On April 11, the library’s monthly “Manuscript Studies Lecture Series,” co-sponsored by the Manuscript Centre at Sultan Mohammed al Fatih University in Istanbul, will present “Studying Quranic Manuscripts: A New Approach.”
The lecture, given by Mahmoud Zaki, the library’s Manuscript Specialist, will introduce participants to new scientific ways of examining Quranic manuscripts, including sciences and research fields such as the history of the Quranic text, Quranic studies, and Quranic manuscript codicology.
On April 13, there will be a Quran recitation workshop where participants will be able to recite the Quran from manuscripts originating from the first and second Hijri centuries. Ahmed Khaled Shukri, Professor of Quranic Studies at Qatar University, will moderate the recitation, which will be joined by Ahmed Shaker, Researcher in Quranic Manuscripts, and Mahmoud Zaki, Manuscripts Specialist at the library.
“The Heritage Library contains a rich collection of unique historical texts, manuscripts, and rare artefacts that may be accessed by researchers, historians, and the general public,” said Wassilena Sekulova, Head of Manuscripts and Archives at Qatar National Library. Our extensive collection of Arab and Islamic legacy is critical in developing cultural understanding and historical research in the region, allowing the library to fulfil its objective of preserving and disseminating Arab and Islamic heritage for future generations.”
Around a thousand Quranic volumes are currently housed in the library, ranging from full Quranic texts to individual sets broken into thirty pieces. The oldest is Quranic fragments written on parchment from the 7th and 8th centuries of the Gregorian calendar, as well as manuscripts of the Quran attributed to renowned scribes and calligraphers from Qatar, such as Ahmed Karahisari, Umar al Aqta, and Al Zubara Mushaf.
“We look forward to sharing significant insights about Quranic manuscripts based on our extensive collection at the Heritage Library,” stated QNL Manuscripts Specialist Mahmoud Zaki. Our programmes, which are aimed at academics, specialised researchers, and the general public, aim to share information and research on the production, reading, and study of Quranic manuscripts. They also want to use interdisciplinary research methods to look at these elements.”