Scriptorium - "Workshops on the study of Oriental Manuscripts": Since 2012, the Oriental Department has regularly organized workshops and summer schools on various Oriental manuscript traditions. A special focus of these events, which are aimed at young scientists, is the work with original manuscripts in "hands-on" sessions.

Coptic Palaeography and Codicology (September 22-25, 2020)

International Coptic Workshop from 22.9. to 25.9.2020 ⲕⲟⲡⲁⲗⲕⲱ

With a limited twenty participants, the International Workshop "Coptic Palaeography and Codicology" (KoPalKo) took place under corona conditions from 22.9. to 25.9.2020 in the Dietrich-Bonhoeffer-Saal in the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin.  

As part of this event, Prof. Anne Boud'hors gave a public evening lecture "An Ancient Coptic Book and its Making: The "Proverbienkodex" of the Berlin State Library", which was very well received both virtually in the "wide world" and in real life in the Berlin Conference room. 


Codicological and Paleographical Aspects of Islamic Manuscripts, with a Special Focus on Manuscript Notes (25. bis 29. März 2019)

The Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, the Freie Universität Berlin and the Al-Furqan Islamic Heritage Foundation (London) organized a workshop on codicological and palaeographic aspects of Islamic manuscripts, with a special focus on handwritten entries (e.g. from owners and readers) in the Scriptorium series.

The workshop was led by 
Prof. Dr. Konrad Hirschler (Freie Universität Berlin)
Dr. Olly Akkerman (Freie Universität Berlin)
Dr. Anne Regourd (University of Copenhagen)
Dr. Boris Liebrenz (Saxon Academy of Sciences, Leipzig)

The evening lecture was given by Dr. Élise Franssen (Università Ca' Foscari Venezia) and Christoph Rauch (Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin). 


Turkish Manuscript Studies: An Introduction (27. März bis 1. April 2017)

The Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin and the Humboldt University of Berlin organized a workshop on Turkish manuscript studies. 

The workshop was led by 
Prof. Dr. Claudia Römer (University of Vienna, Institute of Oriental Studies) (Ottoman-Turkish manuscript tradition)
Prof. Dr. Ingeborg Baldauf (Humboldt University Berlin, Department of Asian and African Studies) (Turkish Manuscripts of Central Asia)

Additional lectures were given by Prof. Dr. Claus-Peter Haase (Freie Universität Berlin/Museum für Islamische Kunst SMB), Dr. Patricia Engel (European Research Centre for Book and Paper Conservation-Restoration, Center for the Protection of Cultural Property, Danube University Krems) and Katharina Siedler (paper maker and researcher in Berlin). 

The evening lecture was given by Prof. Dr. Claudia Römer


Armenian Manuscript Studies. An Introduction (14. bis 18. März 2016)

Directed by Prof. em. Dickran Kouymjian


Persian Manuscript Studies: An Introduction (22. bis 26. September 2014)

Directed by Francis Richard.


Hebrew Manuscript Studies: An Introduction (15. bis 19. Juli 2013)

Directed by Malachi Beit Arié (Hebrew University, Jerusalem)  and Judith Olszowy-Schlanger (École Pratique des Hautes Études, Sorbonne, Paris)


Arabic Manuscript Studies: An Introduction (19. bis 23. März 2012)

Directed by Prof. Adam Gacek, McGill University