The lecture “The Rediscovery of a Phantom Library: Studying the Library of Ahmad Pasha al-Jazzar” will be jointly organized by A02 “Changes in the World of Islamic Thought and Knowledge” and C01 “Analyses of Connectivities by Digital Humanities Methods” inviting Dr. Guy Burak as a guest speaker.
Date & Time: Thursday, November 24, 2022, 16:00-18:00
Speaker: Guy Burak (New York University)
Title: “The Rediscovery of a Phantom Library: Studying the Library of Ahmad Pasha al-Jazzar (d. 1804)”
Moderator: Takao ITO (Kobe University / C01)
The library of the mosque of the famous late eighteenth-century governor of northern Palestine Ahmad Pasha al-Jazzar (d. 1804) has had a phantom presence in the historiography of Ottoman and Levantine libraries. Recently, the inventory of the library, currently held at the General Directorate of Endowments in Ankara, was brought to my attention. This personal discovery led to a large collaborative research project whose aim is to study one of the most important Ottoman libraries of the late eighteenth century. The talk will survey the project and situate it in the broader context of the study of Ottoman and Islamic libraries. Special attention will be drawn to the particularities of the librarian(s)’ descriptive practices.
Hybrid Meeting / Open to public / Admission free, Pre-registration is required
Venue: Room 304, Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa (ILCAA) and Online via Zoom
Pre-registration: Click here
*Pre-registration deadline: at 17:00 JST, November 22, 2022
Co-organizer: Grant-in-Aid for Transformative Research Areas (A), “Changes in the World of Islamic Thought and Knowledge” (Principal Investigator: Jin NODA (ILCAA, TUFS); 20H05825)/Grant-in-Aid for Transformative Research Areas (A), “Analyses of Connectivity by Digital Humanities Method” (Principal Investigator: Wakako KUMAKURA (ILCAA, TUFS); 20H05830)
Contact: Shinsaku Kato (shin_kato[at]aa.tufs.ac.jp)