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Islamic Manuscript Conference

From: Jenny Wright <jenny.islamicmanuscript<-at->
Date: Thursday, June 4, 2009
"Access and Rights"
The Fifth Islamic Manuscript Conference
24-26 July 2009:


The Islamic Manuscript Association is pleased to announce that the
Fifth Islamic Manuscript Conference will be held at Christ's
College, University of Cambridge, UK from 24-26 July 2009. It will
be hosted by the Thesaurus Islamicus Foundation and the Centre of
Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, University of Cambridge. We
invite you to register online at


In 2009, the Conference will specifically address the issue of
access to manuscripts. Improving access to manuscripts through
digitisation and electronic ordering and delivery systems whilst
ensuring their proper long-term preservation is fundamental to the
successful future study of the Islamic heritage. Presently,
technologies are available that have the potential to transform the
way manuscripts are studied; however, the access these technologies
can allow is counterbalanced by collection holders' concerns
regarding their legal rights and the financial sustainability of
their organisations. During the Fifth Islamic Manuscript Conference
these vital issues will be discussed by our invited speakers and
selected paper presenters.

As in previous years, the Conference will be organised around the
Association's four main interest groups: cataloguing, conservation,
digitisation, and publishing and research. The first day will also
feature two special panels, a 'Collections' panel introducing less
well-known collections from Africa, the Balkans, and Turkey, and a
panel devoted to the conference theme of Access featuring invited
experts who will discuss how such issues as security in libraries
and online, financial considerations, and the understanding of
international copyright law inform users' experience of accessing
materials for research.

Posters advertising the conference can be found at


TIMA would be most grateful if recipients of this email could
display a poster in their institutions.

The full schedule will also be available online shortly. Please do
also take a few moments to explore the new website and its improved

We look forward to welcoming you to Cambridge in July

Ms Jenny Wright
Assistant Director
The Islamic Manuscript Association Ltd
(A company limited by guarantee
Incorporated in the Isle of Man)
c/o 33 Trumpington Street
Cambridge CB2 1QY
United Kingdom
+44 1223 303177
Mobile: +44 7826 355828
Fax: +44 1223 302218

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