Handwriting and Paleography

Balius Planelles, Andreu. “Arabic Type from a Multicultural Perspective: Multi-Script Latin-Arabic Type Design.” Ph.D. diss., University of Southampton, 2013; available at: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/355433/ 

Ben Azzouna, Nourane. Aux origines du classicisme: Calligraphes et bibliophiles au temps des dynasties mongoles (Les Ilkhanides et les Djalayirides, 656-814/1258-1411). Leiden: Brill, 2018.

Bischoff, Bernhard. Paläographie. 1st ed. Berlin: Schmidt, 1957.  Paläographie des römischen Altertums und des abendländischen Mittelalters. Enlarged 4th ed. Berlin: Schmidt, 2009.  Tr. as Latin Palaeography: Antiquity and the Middle Ages, by Dáibhí ó Cróinin and David Ganz. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990.

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Blair, Sheila. Islamic Calligraphy. Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, 2006.

Cappelli, Adriano. Lexicon abbreviaturarum: Dizionario di abbreviature latine ed italiane usate nella carte e codici specialmente del medio-evo, riprodate con oltre 14000 segni incisi con l’aggiunta di uno studio sulla brachigrafia medioevale, un prontuario di sigle epigrafiche, l’antica numeraz. [ SIC > numera, ] romana ed arabica ed i segni indicanti manete pesi, misure, etc.. Completely revised 2d ed. Milan: Ulrico Hoepli, 1912.  Available via the HathiTrust Digital Library at: http://hdl.handle.net/2027/wu.89017662537; an easier to navigate version is available on the website of the Medieval Studies Department of the Moscow State University at: http://www.hist.msu.ru/Departments/Medieval/Cappelli/; a fully searchable online version is available via the Ad Fontes platform at: http://www.adfontes.uzh.ch/5231.php

Coulson, Frank T., and Robert G. Babcock, eds. The Oxford Handbook of Latin Palaeography. New York: Oxford University Press, 2020. 

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Déroche, François. Catalogue des manuscrits arabes: Aux origines de la calligraphie coranique. Manuscrits musulmans: Les manuscrits du Coran 2/1/1. Paris: Bibliothèque nationale de France, 1983.

Déroche, François. The Abbasid Tradition: Qurʾans of the 8th to the 10th Centuries. The Nasser D. Khalili Collection of Islamic Art 1. New York: Nour Foundation in association with Azimuth Editions and Oxford University Press, 1992.

Déroche, François. La transmission écrite du Coran dans les débuts de l’Islam: Le codex parisino-petropolitanus. Leiden: Brill, 2009.

Derolez, Albert. The Paleography of Gothic Manuscript Books: From the Twelfth to the Early Sixteenth Century. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006.  Original: Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003.

Fekete, Lajos. Einführung in die osmanisch-türkische Diplomatik der türkischen Botmässigkeit in Ungarn. Budapest: Königliche Ungarische Universitätsdruckerei, 1926-

Fekete, Lajos. Einführung in die persische Paläographie: 101 persische Dokumente. Posthumously published, ed. György Hazai. Budapest: Akadémiai Kiadó, 1977.

Fekete, Lajos. Die Siyāqat-Schrift in der türkischen Finanzverwaltung: Beitrag zur türkischen Paläographie mit 104 Tafeln. Tr. from the Hungarian by A. Jacobi. 2 vols. Budapest : Akadémiai Kiadó, 1955.

Frantsouzoff, Serge A. “Les chiffres coptes dans les manuscrits arabes, chrtiens et musulmans.” Parole de l’Orient 39 (2014): 259-273.

Gacek, Adam. “Abbreviations,” in Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics. Brill Online, 2011.  (Accessed, 17 November 2013)

George, Alain. The Rise of Islamic Calligraphy. London: Saqi, 2010.

Gründler, Beatrice. The Development of the Arabic Scripts: From the Nabatean Era to the First Islamic Century According to Dated Texts. Atlanta, Ga.: Scholars Press, 1993.

Hanaway, William L., and Brian Spooner. Reading Nastaʿliq: Persian and Urdu Hands from 1500 to the Present. Costa Mesa, Calif.: Mazda, 1995.

Izadpanah, Borna. “The Typographic Development of the Nasta’liq Style, 1770s-2000.” Master’s thesis, University of Reading, 2015.

Karabacek, Joseph von. Das arabische Papier: Eine historisch-antiquarische Untersuchung. Vienna: Kaiserlich Königliche Hof- und Staatsdruckerei, 1887.

Kawatoko, Mutsuo. “On the Use of Coptic Numerals in Egypt in the 16th Century.” Orient 28 (1992): 58-74.

Koentges, Thomas, and Sydney Shep. “Deciphering Ancient Texts in the Digital Age.”  In May 2013, the unsuccessful application for a 2013 MOOC Production Fellowship was available at: https://moocfellowship.org/submissions/deciphering-ancient-texts-in-the-digital-age, but as of 17 November 2013 the application is no longer available.

Lewis, Agnes Smith, and Margaret Dunlop Gibson. Forty-One Facsimiles of Dated Christian Arabic Manuscripts with Text and English Translation. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1907.

Maḥfūẓ, Ḥusayn ʿAlī. “Al-ʿAlāmāt wa-al-rumūz ʿinda al-muʾallifīn al-ʿArab qadīman wa-ḥadīthan.” Al-Turāth al-shaʿbī (Baghdad) 1/4-5 (1963-1964): 22-37.  (Information from photocopy of journal page.)

Mitchell, Terence Frederick. Writing Arabic: A Practical Introduction to the Ruqʿah Script. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1953.

Moraes Farias, Paulo Fernando de. Arabic Medieval Inscriptions from the Republic of Mali: Epigraphy, Chronicles, and Songhay-Tuāreg History. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003.

Osborn, J. R. (Wayne). “The Type of Calligraphy: Writing, Print, and the Technologies of the Arabic Alphabet.” Ph.D. diss., University of California, San Diego, 2008 (ProQuest AAT 3304007); available at: http://escholarship.org/uc/item/2fq2k8fc

Osborn, J. R. Letters of Light: Arabic Script in Calligraphy, Print, and Digital Design. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2017.

D’Ottone, Arianna. “Un’altra lezione negata: Paleografia araba e altre paleografie.” Rivista degli Studi Orientali N.S. 87 (2014): 213-221.

Posegay, Nick. Points of Contact: The Shared Intellectual History of Vocalisation in Syriac, Arabic, and Hebrew. Cambridge Semitic Languages and Cultures, 10. Cambridge: Open Book Publishers, 2021; https://www.openbookpublishers.com/books/10.11647/obp.0271

Scragg, Donald. A Conspectus of Scribal Hands Writing English, 960-1100. Cambridge: Brewer, 2012.

Serikoff, Nikolaj. Arabic Medical Manuscripts of the Wellcome Library: A Descriptive Catalogue of the Haddād Collection (WMS Arabic 401-487). Leiden: Brill, 2005.

Sirat, Colette. Writing as Handwork: A History of Handwriting in Mediterranean and Western Culture. Ed. Lenn Schramm. With an appendix by W. C. Watt. Bibliologia 24. Turnhout: Brepols, 2006.

Strätling, Susanne, and Georg Witte, eds. Die Sichtbarkeit der Schrift. Munich: Fink, 2006.

Tisserant, Eugène.  Specima codicum orientalium. Bonn: A. Marcus and E. Weber, 1914.

Wright, William. Facsimiles of Manuscripts and Inscriptions: Oriental Series. 2 vols. London: Trübner, 1875-1883.


Dagmar A. Riedel

First published, 13 April 2013

Last updated, 1 October 2022


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