Photo Exhibition showcases student research - Aslisho Qurboniev

The current exhibition in the Gallery, Photos from the Field, was curated by student Hogai Aryoubi (PhD, Education) and features Wolfson postdoctoral students’ fieldwork. We are reproducing each students' work here; this series was created by Aslisho Qurboniev (PhD, Asian & Middle Eastern Studies)The History of Manuscript Production and Arabic Book in Tunisia

photo exhibition in Gallery

Photo 1: The Great Mosque of Kairouan, Tunisia, founded by the legendary Muslim conquerer of North Africa ʿUqba bin Nafiʿ in 670 AD (rebuilt in the 9th century). It became the most important centre for learning and knowledge transmission in medieval Maghreb.

Great Mosque of Kairouan , Tunisia

Photo 2: Precious Arabic manuscripts in danger of destruction in a local cultural centre in Tunis. There are hundreds of underfunded manuscript libraries and private collections across Tunisia. 

ancient manuscripts

Photo 3: Preservation of thousand years old manuscripts at the  Centre for the Study of Islamic Arts and Civilisation in Raqqada, Tunisia. The Centre houses one of the oldest Arabic manuscript collections in the world. 

preserving ancient Tunisian manuscripts

Photo 4: Manuscript workshop at the National Library of Tunis. Making Arabic paper from scratch. The National Library’s Arabic  manuscript collection is also one of the largest in the world. 

the Great Mosque of Kairouan

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These photos are dedicated to the students of manuscript heritage in Tunisia.