Across place and across time: ‘reading’ the Middle Eastern Manuscript Collection in the University of Melbourne.
TAASA Review | TAASA | Published : 2020
The University of Melbourne Middle Eastern Manuscript Collection in the University of Melbourne Library consists of nearly 200 manuscripts. Written in Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Urdu, Ethiopic, Syriac, Hebrew, Sanskirt, Pushtu, Prakit and Mongol scripts, the collection includes Qur'ans, commentary on the Qur'an, poetry, biographies, works on history, astrology, mathematics, philosophy, weaponry, and even a wedding certificate. The core of the collection was formed from 1959 to 1975 by the energetic Chair of Semitic Studies at the University of Melbourne Professor John Bowman, who amassed the collection as a teaching resource in the Department of Middle Eastern Studies. Following Professor Bow..View full abstract