Workshop Islamic Bookbinding:Understanding book structures and bindings of Islamic Manuscripts by Dr. Karin Scheper

In conjunction with the exhibition, “Islamic Bookbinding”, IAMM is proud to present an international workshop on Islamic Bookbinding – intended primarily for conservators – at the Islamic Art Museum Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, from 24th -28th July 2017.

The workshop will be presented by Dr. Karin Scheper, one of the leading authorities on the subject. Over the past years, Karin has carried out extensive research on the Leiden University collection of Islamic manuscripts (while working, at the same time, as a conservator at the University Library). The resulting book, The Technique of Islamic Bookbinding (Brill 2015), won her the 2017 De la Court – award of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).

The aim of this five-day workshop is to teach attendees how manuscripts were bound in the Islamic world, focusing on the predominant structure but also explaining region-specific characteristics and varieties, and the strengths and functionality of this bookbinding method. The understanding of the composite structure and use of materials will be beneficial to conservation treatments, the development of conservation strategies and the preparation of bound manuscripts for exhibitions.

The workshop will consist of both theoretical and practical components. Under the guidance of Karin Scheper, attendees will make a model of a bound manuscript, allowing them to practice original techniques of sewing, endbanding and covering a text block.

For more details, please click to the workshop poster.

To register, please click and fill the Workshop Application form Islamic Bookbinding 2017.

The workshop will offer place for a limited number of conservators. Early registration is therefore advised. For any inquiries, questions or requests for more info, please do not hesitate to email Eliza Jacobi at: 

Poster IBB2017

Registration form workshop IBB2017