Christophe Rauch studied Arabic and Islamic studies and religion at Leipzig University (MA) and also holds an MA in information and library science from the Humboldt Universität Berlin. Since 2010 he is head of the Oriental department at the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin. He is particularly interested in and publishes from time to time on Arabic manuscripts and the history of Oriental studies and collections.
The most significant and by far largest collections of Zaydi manuscripts are housed by the many public and private libraries of Yemen, an endangered cultural heritage tradition, currently at risk due to the conflict and warfare in Yemen. The contributions brought together in this volume address a wide spectrum of aspects concerning Yemeni manuscript cultures, with some focusing on their history and present state within Yemen and others discussing the collections of manuscripts of Yemeni provenance in Europe and elsewhere.
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