Document Type

Review Article


Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations, London


In the field of manuscript studies, each manuscript is a unique object, and every folio has a story that can be told! A narrative can be deciphered from the scribe’s handwritten notes or corrections to the author’s signature and ownership statements. Reading the Neo-Fatimid Treasury of Books, you will feel immersed in an esoteric journey inside the manuscript library of the Alawi Bohra community, one of the remaining reserves of Arabic manuscripts on Ismailism. In this book, Akerman plays a significant role in an interwoven story of a small Muslim community from Gujarat and their living tradition of book repositories. “This book is about communities, manuscripts and their spaces of dwelling. It describes how people construct a sense of togetherness through books from the past, carefully enshrining and treasuring what is written.”

Publication (Name of Journal)

Nouvelles Chroniques du manuscrit au Yémen