Valentina Segaria Rossi is (since 1990) the curator of the Oriental Manuscript Collection of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei in Rome. She dedicates her research and publications to the study of the transmission of classical Arabic texts (works on amthāl, dictionaries, lexicographies) and the Arabic manuscript tradition, with particular reference to the Yemeni heritage. She has coordinated research projects on Italian collections of Arabic manuscripts, and since 2018 she has been collaborating with Sabine Schmidtke to integrate Italian collections into the ZMT (Zaydi Manuscript Tradition) project.
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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