Olly Akkerman receives MELA Book Award 2022
Congratulations to Olly Akkerman for winning the MELA Book Award 2022! She was honoured for her book "A Neo-Fatimid Treasury of Books: Arabic Manuscripts among the Alawi Bohras of South Asia" (Edinburgh University Press, 2022).
News from Feb 23, 2023
Olly Akkerman’s A Neo-Fatimid Treasury of Books: Arabic Manuscripts among the Alawi Bohras of South Asia (Edinburgh University Press, 2022) is an examination of one khizanat al-kutub, or treasury of books, which journeyed from Fatimid Cairo to Yemen and later to Gujarat over the course of several centuries. Using extensive archival and ethnographic fieldwork, Akkerman not only traces the temporal and geographic distribution of Isma’ili Arabic manuscripts, but also elucidates the social life of the khizana within the Isma’ili Bohra community. The book provides a wonderful new perspective in the field of manuscript studies, and it is available via open access from Edinburgh University Press.