Scholars of codicology
, manuscripts, linguistics, and Arabic and other languages compare standards in various manuscript cultures influenced by Arabic script.
Among their primary stated goals were the integration of current developments in palaeography, diplomatics, and codicology
, and the bridging of the gap between the 'auxiliary sciences of history' (back cover) and the field of communication studies.
(1) A detailed analysis of codicology
and paleography put an end to previous attempts to date the project to earlier decades of Ivan's reign.
This chapter is highly recommended reading for all those working physically with Islamic manuscripts and would be quite appropriate for students of an introductory Islamic codicology
course in particular.
It proves yet again that philology and codicology
attract scholars and publishers and inspire them to show the world what treasures are still awaiting further study.
Students learned about the disciplines of codicology
(the analysis of book structures and materials), paleography (the study of archaic forms of handwriting), typography (technologies and forms of printing), and iconography (the symbolic "language" of pictures).
In her richly illustrated contribution 'Creating a codicology
of Central Asian manuscripts' (pp.
Eschewing the mode of detailed case studies, the editors have instead encouraged expert scholars to demonstrate how we might "synthesize the many things we have learned from paleography and codicology
in ways that attend to local topographies without succumbing to their particularity" (12).
Caroline Cole uses codicology
to argue for the unity of the manuscript in "The Integrity of Text and Context in the Prayers of British Library, Cotton MS Nero A.XIV," Neuphilologische Mitteilungen 104.1 (2003): 85-94.
Expanding the investigative perspective, traditionally oriented towards palaeography and codicology
, towards a more inclusive, interdisciplinary approach (i.e., one combining the tools and methods of book history, manuscript studies, traditional philology, historical pragmatics and discourse analysis) permits a better understanding of the ways in which medieval readers made sense of the manuscript page.
Her research interests include non-Chaucerian and non-Arthurian romances, manuscript illumination, space in text and image (with particular reference to the East), the practice of fiction, crossing boundaries (of chronology, discipline, genre), palaeography and textual criticism as well as codicology
. Her articles discuss the depictions of Saracens in medieval English texts and their relation to ideas of nationalism, chivalry, violence, and crusade.