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Damascus 1900 - the true story of the Qubbat al-Khazna find; a multilingual deposit of manuscript fragments in the Umayyad Great Mosque

17 February 2019, 6:00 pm

MIA Auditorium, with Prof. Arianna D'Ottone Rambach

The material found in the Umayyad Mosque in Damascus (some 200,000 fragments) is one of the most significant, albeit little known, manuscript discoveries ever made. Recalling the true history of this major Islamic cache gives back the meaning and significance to the Qubbat al-Khazna documentary ensemble and allows us to throw new light on the central role played by the Syrian region, and Damascus in particular, during the transition from Late Antiquity to the Islamic period and beyond.

MIA is delighted to welcome Arianna D’Ottone Rambach, Professor of Arabic Language and Literature at Sapienza University of Rome. Her research is devoted to the Arabic written culture in the widest sense, from inscribed gems to papyri, from manuscripts to coins, and she has published extensively in the field. Prof. D’Ottone Rambach is the first scholar to study the history of this material and is one of the few academics who has been given access to the fragments.

Curator-led tour with Rania Abdellatif

MIA Atrium

18 February, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Learn more about Syria's immeasurable contributions to global history and appreciate what is at stake, culturally, with the recent destruction of sites due to war.

Law Schools and Scholars in the Medieval Period in Syria

Lecture with Rania Abdellatif, MIA Auditorium

19 February, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Damascus was an intellectual hub for scholars and travellers in Medieval Syria – find out more in this fascinating lecture with exhibition co-curator Rania Abdellatif. In English with Arabic translation.

Musical Performance with Qadri Dalal

MIA Auditorium

19 February, 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Muhammad Qadri Dalal is an internationally renowned Oud player, composer and scholar of arabic literature. He teaches and performs in Aleppo and we are honoured to welcome him to MIA for a peformance of traditional Syrian music.

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