My current research project bears upon the Qur’an in the Iberian Peninsula in the Late Middle Ages until the Early Modern Period.
Nuria de Castilla
Professor of “History and Codicology of the Manuscript Book in the Islamicate World” at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (Paris). She has been lecturing in Madrid (Complutense University), Barcelona (Pompeu Fabra University), Paris (Ecole Pratique des Hautes Études), London (Warbug Institute) and Ottawa (Carleton University), and she has been invited as a visiting professor at the National Library of Israel (Jerusalem), Biblioteca Ambrosiana (Milan), University of Boulder (Colorado) and Columbia University (New York). She spent several years as a researcher in the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris), the Spanish National Research Council (Madrid) and the Warburg Institute (London). From 2011, she has been organizing on a regular basis courses of History and Codicology of Arabic manuscripts in the Complutense University and in the library of San Lorenzo de El Escorial monastery. She has published Una biblioteca morisca entre dos tapas (2010), Manuscritos aljamiados y coránicos de la biblioteca Tomás Navarro Tomás (2011), Documentos y manuscritos árabes en el Occidente musulmán (2010), or Qur’anic manuscripts in the Western Islamic World (2017) and several papers mainly focused on the production and transmission of the written culture in Islamic Spain and the Maghreb between the 15th and 17th centuries. Nuria de Castilla is currently the scientific coordinator of the ERC Project “Saadian Intellectual Cultural Life” (2016-2021), focused on the study of the Arabic Collection kept in the Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial’s library since the beginning of the 17th century. Her main research topics are the History of the Arabic manuscript book, Codicology, History of the libraries, Islamo-Christian relations in the Early Modern Period, Aljamiado Literature and Production and transmission of Qur’anic manuscripts in the Islamic West.
During the 16th century, a growing interest for the Islamic world led to an effort by Westerners in acquiring Arabic manuscripts.