The conference aims to take stock of the state of the field in Quranic manuscript studies and assess its broader significance, according to the center’s website.
It hopes to consider the new directions provided to the field of Quranic studies by the digital revolution, in terms of access to the manuscripts and tools for editing their texts, and by the new understanding of philology accruing from digital philology. The broader consequences of material discoveries for the history of the Paleo-Quranic text and for the early history of Paleo-Islam will complement more technical discussions and contributions to the conference.
New elements featured in papyri and epigraphic materials and their role in comparison with undated manuscripts from the beginning of Islam
Current Quranic manuscripts projects, policy and politics of access to material and immaterial objects, perspectives on digital encoding and the textual transmission of the Quran: the Qira’at context are some of the topics to be covered in the conference.