In the classroom: The Archeology of Arabic Manuscripts

In the Fall semester 2021, Professor Marina Rustow offered a graduate seminar on Arabic manuscripts—a first for instructor and students alike. The course met in Princeton University Library’s Special Collections and offered a hands-on approach to codicology, the study of manuscripts as physical objects. Students were able to handle manuscripts, decipher their contents and try their hands at reconstructing the biographies of specific manuscripts.