Workshop on Islamic Bookbinding

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Monday, 24 July, 2017 to Friday, 28 July, 2017
Friday, 26 May, 2017
Kuala Lumpur

The conservation department of the Islamic Arts Museum is organizing a five-day workshop for conservators from 24-28 July 2017 on the following topic:

Islamic Bookbinding: Understanding book structures and bindings of Islamic Manuscripts

The workshop will be presented by Dr. Karin Scheper, one of the leading authorities on the subject ( Over the past years, Karin has carried out extensive research on the Leiden University collection of Islamic manuscripts (while working, at the same time, as a conservator at the University Library). The resulting book, The Technique of Islamic Bookbinding (Brill 2015), won her the 2017 De la Court-award of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).

The aim of this five-day workshop is to teach attendees how manuscripts were bound in the Islamic world, focusing on the predominant structure but also explaining region-specific characteristics and varieties, and the strengths and functionality of this bookbinding method. The understanding of the composite structure and use of materials will be beneficial to conservation treatments, the development of conservation strategies and the preparation of bound manuscripts for exhibitions.

The workshop will consist of both theoretical and practical components. Under the guidance of Karin Scheper, attendees will make a model of a bound manuscript, allowing them to practice original techniques of sewing, endbanding and covering a text block.

Next to the conservators of the Islamic Arts Museum, the workshop will offer place for a limited number of external conservators. Early registration is therefore advised: see the details below.

For a registration form and a workshop program, any inquiries or questions, please do not hesitate to contact Eliza Jacobi at

Participants: Conservators (maximum 15 people)
Date: 24-28 July 2017 (5 days)
Registration deadline: 26 May 2017
Venue: Islamic Arts Museum, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Fee: RM2500 (subject to 6% GST)
* Coffee, tea and lunch will be provided during the workshop days.
* Participants will have access to the museum during breaks.
* Participants will have to arrange their own transportation and accommodation.
* Participants should bring their own tools like a bone folder, brush, scalpel and scissors (if possible).