Sadegh Ansari (MESAAS) will present the Manuscripts of the Muslim World project, which he initiated along with other graduate students as they were working on cataloguing the Arabic and Persian manuscripts in Columbia's collection. The presentation will give an overview of the project and the collections.
As described in a recent Columbia News article, "With the support of new technology and conservation techniques, Columbia University Libraries and a group of Philadelphia-area institutions have received a three-year $500,000 grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, to digitize hundreds of manuscripts and paintings. The project will shed light on both the rich cultural heritage of the Muslim world and the collaboration between Islamic civilizations and the West. Religion, medicine, history, literature, astronomy and mathematics are among the subjects in the collection."