The Gwalior Qur’an Manuscript: Conference programme

The Gwalior Qur’aninfo-icon Manuscript: The Polysemy of an Illuminated Codex
Paris, 14–15 June, 2012
Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art and the Bibliothèque Nationale de France (Site Richelieu).

Conference introduction
Conference programme
Biographies
Abstracts

Venue: Salle Perrot, Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art, 2 Rue Vivienne, 75002 Paris


Venue: Salle des Commissions, Bibliothèque Nationale de France (Site Richelieu), 5, rue Vivienne, 75002 Paris



Day 1:


 

9:00
Welcome
9:10
Introductory remarks
Jean-Pierre Van Staëvel (University of Paris – Sorbonne)
Heather Ecker (Aga Khaninfo-icon Museum, Toronto)
Omar Alí-de Unzaga (Qur’anic Studies Unit – The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London)
9:40
Introducing the Research Project “The Gwalior Qur’an Manuscript” and Related Issues
Éloïse Brac de la Perrière (University of Paris – Sorbonne)
   
 
The Gwalior Qur’an Manuscript as an objet d’art
  Chair: Annie Vernay-Nouri (Head Curator, Oriental Manuscripts Department, Bibliothèque nationale de France)
   
10:00
The Process of Decorating the Gwalior Qur’an Manuscript: A Preliminary Study
Nourane Ben Azzouna (Agence France Museums/Louvre Abu Dhabi) and Patricia Roger-Puyo (Institut de Recherche sur les Archéomatériaux, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Orléans)
10:45
Break
11:15
The Decorations of the Gwalior Qur’an Manuscript: Deconstruction and Elements for Comparison
Mathilde Cruvelier (University of Paris – Sorbonne) and Frantz Chaigne (University of Paris – Sorbonne)
12:00
Discussion
12:30
Lunch Break
   
 
The Gwalior Qur’an Manuscript and Indo-Persian manuscripts
  Chair: Sandra Aube (Chargée de recherche, Chaire “Dialogue des Cultures”, Panthéon-Sorbonne University)
   
14:30
Variety in Calligraphy and Cultural Exchange: Reflections on the Transmission of the Gwalior Qur’an Manuscript
Marie Lamaa (Centre Phoenix pour les Études Libanaises, Saint-Esprit University, Kaslik, Lebanon)
15:00
Lotus and Tracery, From China and Iran to India at the Time of the Sultanates
Yves Porter (University of Aix-Marseille)
15:30
The Context of the Gwalior Qur’an Manuscript: Some Iranian Comparisons
Francis Richard (Bibliothèque Universitaire des Langues et Civilisations, Paris)
16:00
The Qur’an MS W.563 of the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore: A Manuscript from the Sultanateinfo-icon Period in India with Ornamental Decorations in the Persian Style
Simon Rettig (Freie Universität Berlin)
16:30
Discussion
17:30
Private viewing of the manuscript displayed at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France (for speakers and panellists only)



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Day 2:

Note: During the second day, the Gwalior Qur’an manuscript will be displayed in the Salle des Commissions at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France.

9:00
Welcome
 
 
 
The Gwalior Qur’an Manuscript as an object of knowledge
 
Chair: Jean-Pierre Van Staëvel (University Paris – Sorbonne)
 
 
9:15
Marginal Glosses and fal nama of the Gwalior Qur’an Manuscript: Evidence of the Uses of the Qur’an in India at the Time of the Sultanates
Sabrina Alilouche (University of Paris – Sorbonne) and Ghazaleh Esmailpour Qouchani (University of Paris – Sorbonne)
10:00
The “Restored” Shi‘i Mushaf as Divine Guide? The Practice of fal-i Qur’an in the Safavid Period
Christiane Gruber (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)
10:30
Break
11:00
The Written Word and Practice: The Book in Divinatory and Magico-Therapeutic Practices in Contemporary Yemen (the High Plateaus and Tihama)
Anne Regourd (Institute for Social Anthropology, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna)
11:30
Writing the Qur’an: To What End?
Asma Hilali (The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London)
12:00
Discussion
12:30
Lunch Break
   
 
Contexts
 

Chair: Françoise ‘Nalini’ Delvoye (Directeur d’études, École Pratique des Hautes Études, Section des sciences historiques et philologiques)

   
14:30
Muslim Settlement in Gwalior and India before the Fourteenth Century
Johanna Blayac (University of Paris 8 – Centre d’Études de l’Inde et de l’Asie du Sud)
15:00
The Gwalior Qur’an Manuscript and the Ghurid Legacy to Indo-Islamic Art
Finbar Barry Flood (Institute of Fine Arts, New York University)
15:30
Break
16:00
Kalpa Sutra and the Qur’an: Some Thoughts on the Writing and Painting of Jain Manuscripts from Western India from the Fourteenth Century Onwards
Nalini Balbir (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3)
16:30
Which Indian Knowledge for the Sultans? Persian Texts about Indian Sciences Written by Muslim Nobles during the Pre-Mughal Period
Fabrizio Speziale (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3)
17:00
Discussion



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