Between Aksum, Constantinople, and Baghdad: Textual Practices in Late Antiquity
The production of texts, be they of a religious, philosophical or scientific nature, has been at the center of learned culture since antiquity. Such production goes hand-in-hand with an array of practices intended to guarantee the anchoring, preservation and interpretation of these texts within a certain canon of knowledge: text criticism, commenting, adaptation, translation, excerption, notation and illustration. Rather than assuming a static picture of "text traditions", the podium discussion aims to shed light on the impressive spectrum of activity associated with texts and their dynamics.
Alain Fouad George ist Professor für Islamische Kunst und Architektur an der Universität Oxford.