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Fables and Foibles: Kalila and Dimna’s Lessons in Medieval Rulership

Kalila and Dimna is a book containing a collection of fables, translated into Arabic during the Abbasid Caliphate in the 8th century. The fables contain many animals as main characters as the stories explore various subjects, lessons, and morals. This video delves into specific fables, analyzing portrayals of good and bad rulers to understand medieval conceptions of effective leadership.

The Kammavācā: A Buddhist Ordination Manuscript from Myanmar

The Kammavācā is a highly ornamental book, made from cloth, clay, gold, and pigments and lacquered to a high shine. The one examined here is used in the Buddhist ordination ceremony for new monks entering the monastery within the Theravāda tradition in Myanmar. These two videos are part of the digital exhibit, "Hidden Stories: Books Along the Silk Roads."

 

A Qur'an from Harar, Ethiopia

This video examines the production and use of Qur’ans of the Swahili Coast, and an Ethiopian Qur’an from Harar. Long overlooked as peripheral to African manuscript culture, Islamic manuscript production of eastern Africa demonstrates deep transnational connections to trade and religious networks across the Red Sea, Indian Ocean, Europe, and other regions of Africa." 

 

The Blue Qur'an

This video explores the beautiful "Blue Qur'an," one of the most recognizable examples of this sacred text. This video is part of the digital exhibit, "Hidden Stories: Books Along the Silk Roads."

 

Coins of Axum (medieval Africa) in the Princeton University Collection

In this video, Princeton Curator of Numismatics Alan Stahl introduces a new and growing collection of coins from the medieval African kingdom of Axum, in the area that is now Ethiopia.

A Document of Sale from Medieval Egypt

This video is a discussion of item 27 in Islamic Manuscripts, Garrett Additional Box no. 20 at the Princeton University Library. This document of sale was written in 980 CE on behalf of the Coptic Christian Yuhānnis ibn Suqayna and his wife Maria, residents of the small town in the Fayyum called Buljusuq. They were buying a house from Maria’s father, Ibn al-Ḥillī. The document was registered by the notary Shuʿayb ibn Zakariyā and witnessed by several Muslims, including Muḥammad ibn Ḥisān ibn Dāwud who made a noticeable typo while writing his testimony. 

Introduction to Zoroastrian Manuscripts
Video Primary Sources

Skjærvø, Prods Oktor. The Spirit of Zoroastrianism. New Haven & London: Yale University Press, 2011.

The Multimedia Yasna: https://muya-film.soas.hasdai.org/yasna/

Further Reading

Boyce, Mary. Zoroastrians: Their Religious Beliefs…

World Epics

This collaborative website is devoted to epics from across the globe, including epic narratives in theatrical dramatizations, puppetry arts, music, visual art, and film. It aims likewise to showcase websites and teaching resources developed by colleagues featuring both oral and literary epics, from the ancient world to today.

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