Panel 1, Session 1: Historical Traditions of Arabic-Script Manuscripts in Africa

This panel concerns the study of historical Arabic-script manuscript cultures and traditions—both Arabic and non-Arabic language—in North and Sub-Saharan Africa. Possible topics include, but are not limited to, manuscripts and intellectual and social networks; the trade of manuscripts; the history of specific texts or genres in the manuscript medium; paratexts; the materiality and making of manuscripts; and the relationship between manuscript and print culture.