Arabic Epigraphy and Palaeography Reading Group

The Arabic Epigraphy and Palaeography Reading Group is an interdisciplinary forum for students and researchers working with Arabic inscriptions and manuscripts. The group will convene every two weeks during term (beginning MT Week 6), giving participants the opportunity to practice transcription, gain familiarity with different types of Arabic script, and share their own research.

Each session will focus on a different historical period, style or script from across the Islamic world between the 7th and 19th centuries, with hands-on exercises and broader discussion of the documents and inscriptions in their historical context. No preparation or additional work is required, but some prior knowledge of Arabic is essential.

The reading group is open to all members of the University with an interest in Arabic epigraphy, palaeography, codicology, and the material culture of Islamicate societies. For further information and to sign up to the mailing list, please contact Helen Flatley ( or Jessica Rahardjo (

Sorry, there are currently no talks scheduled in this series.

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