HMML is collaborating with the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, to provide open access to approximately 15,000 digitized Zaydi manuscripts from Yemen and neighboring countries. The three-year project will help support and make accessible the Zaydi handwritten heritage—a heritage that is on the verge of destruction in Yemen.
The Zaydi literary tradition is among the richest and most variegated traditions within Islamic civilization and at the same time, one of the least studied. The project, “The Zaydi Manuscript Tradition (ZMT),” consists of two components: a digital portal on the website of the Institute for Advanced Study, and manuscript images with catalog records in vHMML Reading Room, HMML’s online manuscript resource. Learn more.
HMML's current exhibition, Fragmented Beauty, features manuscripts that span a time period of over 1,500 years and are the products of diverse cultures. The exhibition explores key components of manuscript research, including content, script, and decoration. The exhibition is available online and on display in the HMML Reading Room until August.
Although the items in this exhibition can no longer be displayed or appreciated in their original state, their fragmented beauty still allows us to piece together their past, and preserve that knowledge for the future. This exhibition explores key components of any manuscript, including content, script, and decoration. But beyond those things, the circumstances of fragmentation can also raise important questions about the fragments themselves. See the exhibition.
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