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Dr Alba Fedeli

Dr Alba Fedeli, an Honorary Fellow of ITSEE, is convening a conference at the Central European University in Budapest in May 2017 on the state of the field of Qur'anic manuscript studies.

Extending over three days, from Thursday 4 to Saturday 6 May 2017, the conference consists of six panels featuring internationally acclaimed scholars in the field and a Keynote Lecture by François Déroche of the Collège de France.

The description of the conference's aim is to take stock of the state of the field in Qur'anic manuscript studies and assess its broader significance. The conference hopes to consider the new directions provided to the field of Qur'anic 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-Qur'anic text and for the early history of Paleo-Islam will complement more technical discussions and contributions to the conference.

In addition to Alba's own presentation of her research, ITSEE member Andrew Edmondson will be speaking in the session on "Perspectives on Digital Encoding". The conference has been made possible with the generous support of The Fritz Thyssen Foundation and is organised by the CEU Center for Religious Studies and the Institute for Advanced Study at CEU.

Further information is available from the CEU Center for Religious Studies.