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Tuesday 1 March 2016

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Projet International de Coopération Scientifique - PICS
BIBLIAC - Libraries and erudites in late mediaeval and early modern Central Asia (15th-19th centuries): history of manuscript book and sociology of literacy in the eastern part of the Muslim world (Central Asia, Iran, Afghanistan, North India...)


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Project directed by
Dr. Maria Szuppe

(January 2012 – December 2014)

In cooperation with the “Istituto per l’Oriente "C.A. Nallino", Rome (Italy)”
Co-director in Italy
Prof. Michele Bernardini

Other partner institutions

  • Institut Français d’Etudes sur l’Asie Centrale (Tashkent, Uzbekistan)
  • The “Suleimanov” Oriental Institute (Almaty, Kazakhstan)

Summary of the project
Based on the study of manuscript books used and circulated by Turko-Iranian scholars of late Muslim Central Asia (15th-19th c.) the project aims at studying the milieus of provincial erudites that remain little known, as well as the interactions of these milieus with other cultural centres on regional and macro-regional level (Iran, North India…). The project, carried out in cooperation with colelagues from Europe (Istituto per l’Oriente, Rome) and Centra Asia (Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan…), is twofold :

  • 1) Constitution of the corpus : researching manuscript collections (fieldwork) ; their partial digital preservation in situ ; their description ; publication of catalogues.
  • 2) Socio-historical research drwaing on these materials ; publication of studies, papers etc.
    An editorial series was co-founded by the UMR7528 Mondes iranien et indien (Paris) and the Istituto per l’Oriente (Rome) for the publication of source material in catalogue form : Series Catalogorum.

Other contributions of this project

  • Cultural heritage aspect (research and valorization of unexplored and/or deteriorating colelctions)
  • Training of young scholars (including those from Central Asian countries)

For seminars and workshops in connection with this project, see...


Workshop Series catalogorum

1st Workshop Series catalogorum (2009)
2nd Workshop Series catalogorum (2011)
3rd Workshop Series catalogorum (2012)
4th Workshop Series catalogorum (2013)